verb (used with or without object), noun
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.
a person who nudges; pest.
Origin of nudge2
stem of nudyen
to bore < Polish nudzić;
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British Dictionary definitions for nudzh
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
Derived Formsnudger, noun
a gentle poke or push
a gentle reminder
Word Origin for nudge
C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push
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Word Origin and History for nudzh
"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.).
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