to push slightly or gently, especially with the elbow, to get someone's attention, prod someone into action, etc.
to give a nudge.
a slight or gentle push or jog, especially with the elbow.
- nudger, noun
Other definitions for nudge (2 of 2)
to annoy with persistent complaints, criticisms, or pleas; nag: He was always nudging his son to move to a better neighborhood.
to nag, whine, or carp.
a person who nudges; pest.
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How to use nudge in a sentence
The revamped forms and text messages are examples of what behavioral scientists call nudges, relatively inexpensive behavior changers that stem from psychological research.Easy interventions like revamping forms help people show up to court | Sujata Gupta | October 8, 2020 | Science News
Such nudges are preferable to simply letting moderators decide after the fact which content gets deleted and which can stay.Nextdoor’s CEO wants to do for community what Jane Fonda did for fitness | dzanemorris | September 30, 2020 | Fortune
For instance, she speculated that the kind of cautionary nudges Nextdoor gives its users could also help make emails within companies kinder.Nextdoor’s CEO wants to do for community what Jane Fonda did for fitness | dzanemorris | September 30, 2020 | Fortune
At first, laser pulses simply couldn’t be made short enough to deliver a sufficiently rapid sequence of nudges.
They reached out to 800 households and gave half of them a series of nudges designed to encourage environmentally friendly behaviors.How a vacation—or a pandemic—can help you adopt better habits now | matthewheimer | September 12, 2020 | Fortune
It was another of the nudge, nudge, wink, wink jokes that summed up the entire enterprise.Britain’s Record-Breaking Face-Sitting Porn Protest | Nico Hines | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
(Mulgrew could actually nudge out Chlumsky and land that sixth slot).
Crow married and says that midway through the Clinton presidency his wife began to nudge him to the left.
I returned to the back of the swing, and again, gave it a wee nudge.
And for a small—but not insignificant—number of people, pot can be the chemical nudge that causes them harm.
It was beyond human nature for the detective man not to nudge Stanton once in the ribs.Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Then the spectators ranged along the wall would burst out laughing, nudge each other and stamp their feet on the floor.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete | Guy de Maupassant
Hildreth gave me a nudge and a merry look and it pleased me to see she still had her sense of humour left.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
She gave her friend a nudge, and pointed in the direction of the sounds, and the two watched and listened.Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park | James Willard Schultz
Mrs. Roberts, without seeming to be aware of their presence, lost not a wriggle or a nudge.Ester Ried Yet Speaking | Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for nudge
to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
to push slowly or lightly: as I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
a gentle poke or push
a gentle reminder
- nudger, noun
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