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[nuhj] /nʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
to push slightly or gently, especially with the elbow, to get someone's attention, prod someone into action, etc.
verb (used without object), nudged, nudging.
to give a nudge.
a slight or gentle push or jog, especially with the elbow.
Origin of nudge1
1665-75; variant of dial. (k)nidge, akin to Old English cnucian, cnocian to knock
Related forms
nudger, noun
1. elbow, poke, jog.


[noo j] /nʊdʒ/
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
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, nudging.
to nag, whine, or carp.
a person who nudges; pest.
Also, noodge, nudzh.
1875-80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik Unabridged
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  • The team then nudged their pancake with a small electric field.
  • In one of the clocks, the team nudged the normally stationary aluminum atom so that it gyrated back and forth as it vibrated.
  • They planted their seeds in lines that wriggled across the field, nudged here and there by whims of conversation.
  • But it must often be nudged along by cleverly crafted government incentives.
  • But if it is nudged in any direction, it will fall away from its balance point.
  • He got up and kicked it again and again until another soldier nudged him aside and blasted the lock with a riot gun.
  • The economy is now growing-so strongly that the bank has recently nudged interest rates back up a little.
  • And they are being nudged towards decisions favouring development.
  • As higher oil prices nudged up transport costs and energy bills, inflation began to rise.
  • In both cases the cue is delivered to the ear opposite the direction that the animal is being nudged towards.
British Dictionary definitions for nudged


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
nudger, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push
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Word Origin and History for nudged



"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.).

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nudged

nothing to it


That is easy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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