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
Marketing to them is a matter of conviction, giving the last nudge that leads them to make a purchase decision in your favor.Four expert digital marketing strategies to convert bottom-funnel prospects | Guy Sheetrit | January 15, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
This synchronization arises through subtle gravitational nudges from Neptune, which would have stopped those KBOs from forming in the first place.Neptune’s bumpy childhood could reveal our solar system’s missing planets | Charlie Wood | January 8, 2021 | Popular-Science
His gentle nudge inspired me to embark on an entirely new adventure.Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives - Issue 93: Forerunners | Alan Lightman, Hope Jahren, Robert Sapolsky, | December 2, 2020 | Nautilus
Within Outlook, I get suggestions, or nudges, to carve out time for focus.Improving your productivity could be wrecking your life | Aaron Pressman | November 23, 2020 | Fortune
These “behavioral nudges” resulted in nearly 31,000 fewer arrest warrants from August 2016 to September 2019 than there would have been otherwise, the researchers estimate.Easy interventions like revamping forms help people show up to court | Sujata Gupta | October 8, 2020 | Science News
I worry that these forces are nudging our kids towards behaviors that could adversely impact them down the road.Teen Pregnancies Drop a Whopping 52 Percent in Two Decades | Joshua DuBois | December 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet, far from nudging Rajapaksa toward greater accountability, their presence in Sri Lanka is likely only to abet his rise.
It needs to change because Israel keeps nudging the U.S. closer to war.Obama Needs U.S. Debate Before Making Pledges to Israel About Attacking Iran | Peter Beinart | August 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
So nudging those numbers just a fraction of a percent could make you billions—and seriously rip off the rest of us.
Hillary just gave Barack a boost, nudging Israel to halt West Bank settlements.
"You stop, Joe," whispered Moll angrily, nudging her husband with her elbow.Two Little Travellers | Frances Browne Arthur
"The fellow is asking for something for the ostler," said M'Caskey, nudging Skeffy with his elbow as he spoke.Tony Butler | Charles James Lever
The city is strong in contrast from every aspect, modernity nudging and crowding antiquity.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car | Francis Miltoun
Hank kept nudging me, trying to get me to go with him, but I wouldn't do it, so after a while he began.The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill | Charles Pierce Burton
"He's still worrying about that butcher knife of his," whispered Jerry, nudging Frank as he spoke.The Outdoor Chums After Big Game | Captain Quincy Allen
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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