[noo j]

verb (used with or without object), noodged, noodg·ing, noun



or noodge, nudzh

[noo j]

verb (used with object), nudged, nudg·ing.

to annoy with persistent complaints, criticisms, or pleas; nag: He was always nudging his son to move to a better neighborhood.

verb (used without object), nudged, nudg·ing.

to nag, whine, or carp.


a person who nudges; pest.

Origin of nudge

1875–80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for noodge

Contemporary Examples of noodge

  • In those early days, Palin was touted as a bona fide corruption fighter—a noodge even to the GOP.

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    Sarah Palin: Day One

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    August 28, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for noodge


verb (tr)

to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
to push slowly or lightlyas I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement


a gentle poke or push
a gentle reminder
Derived Formsnudger, noun

Word Origin for nudge

C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push
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Word Origin and History for noodge



"a slight push," 1836, from nudge (v.).



"to push slightly with the elbow," 1670s, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian nugge, nyggje "to jostle, rub;" Icelandic nugga "to rub, massage"). Related: Nudged; nudging.



"complainer, nagger," 1960s, from Yiddish, from Slavic words meaning "fret, ache," realted to the root of nudnik (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper