nudge

1 [nuhj]
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
1.
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.
2.
to give a nudge.
noun
3.
a slight or gentle push or jog, especially with the elbow.

Origin:
1665–75; variant of dial. (k)nidge, akin to Old English cnucian, cnocian to knock

nudger, noun


1. elbow, poke, jog.
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nudge

2 [nooj]
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
1.
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.
2.
to nag, whine, or carp.
noun
3.
a person who nudges; pest.
Also, noodge, nudzh.


Origin:
1875–80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik

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nudge (nʌdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
2.  to push slowly or lightly: as I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
3.  to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
 
n
4.  a gentle poke or push
5.  a gentle reminder
 
[C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push]
 
'nudger
 
n

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Word Origin & History

nudge
"to push slightly with the elbow," 1675, perhaps from Scand. (cf. Norw. nugge, nyggje "to jostle, rub;" Icelandic nugga "to rub, massage"). The noun is attested from 1836.

nudge
"complainer, nagger," 1960s, from Yiddish, from Slavic words meaning "fret, ache," realted to the root of nudnik (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The vehicle inches up to this asteroid and carefully begins nudging it into a
  new orbit.
The expanding vapor would act as a rocket motor, nudging the asteroid onto a
  new trajectory.
She starts racing around the bed nervously, panting and trying desperately to
  get our attention by nudging each of us.
The drilling pumps come back to life, nudging the probe gently from side to
  side.
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