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nudzh

[noo j]
verb (used with or without object), noun
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nudge2

or noodge, nudzh

[noo j]
verb (used with object), nudged, nudg·ing.
  1. to annoy with persistent complaints, criticisms, or pleas; nag: He was always nudging his son to move to a better neighborhood.
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verb (used without object), nudged, nudg·ing.
  1. to nag, whine, or carp.
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noun
  1. a person who nudges; pest.
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Origin of nudge2

1875–80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik
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British Dictionary definitions for nudzh

nudge

verb (tr)
  1. to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
  2. to push slowly or lightlyas I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
  3. to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
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noun
  1. a gentle poke or push
  2. a gentle reminder
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Derived Formsnudger, noun

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push
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Word Origin and History for nudzh

nudge

n.2

"a slight push," 1836, from nudge (v.).

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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.

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nudge

n.1

"complainer, nagger," 1960s, from Yiddish, from Slavic words meaning "fret, ache," realted to the root of nudnik (q.v.).

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