[ noo j ]
/ nʊdʒ /

verb (used with or without object), noun

Definition for nudzh (2 of 2)



or noodge, nudzh

[ noo j ]
/ nʊdʒ /

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

British Dictionary definitions for nudzh


/ (nʌdʒ) /

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 Forms

nudger, noun

Word Origin for nudge

C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push
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