- 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.
Origin of nudge1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for nudge on Thesaurus.com
or noodge, nudzh
- 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.
Origin of nudge2
Examples from the Web for nudged
She paused at one point due to the pain, and handler Red Eldridge nudged her to keep moving.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
He nudged with a foot at a busted-out bucket, moving easier now, down the slope—more old gear in the grass.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
In the previous Qpoll, DeBlasio had nudged into a one-point lead over Quinn at 26-25.New York City: DeBlasio Running Away?
August 28, 2013
Even if that means, sometimes, she has to be nudged back a little.Jewel Is Back in ‘Ring of Fire’ and You Should Be Very Excited
May 24, 2013
Whether it was on a conscious or unconscious level, he found a loophole in sports media and nudged his story through it.Deadspin Rides Manti Te’o Hoax Story to Renown—and Keeps Heat on ESPN
February 5, 2013
The captain of dragoons, who was sitting beside him, nudged him with his elbow.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Then as soon as they were helped they nudged one another and spoke with their mouths full.L'Assommoir
The slaves sat round an overseer who shook the dozing and nudged the slow.The Age of Invention
Occasionally she nudged her companions, and asked them what had become of Walter Scott.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
She nudged her companion and drew his attention without speaking.The Hound From The North
- 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
Word Origin and History for nudged
"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.).