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nudge1

[nuhj] /nʌdʒ/
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
1665-1675
1665-75; variant of dial. (k)nidge, akin to Old English cnucian, cnocian to knock
Related forms
nudger, noun
Synonyms
1. elbow, poke, jog.

nudge2

[noo j] /nʊdʒ/
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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Examples from the web for nudging
  • 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.
  • As the nose continued to pitch downward, the airplane went into the negative-g range, nudging loose objects against the ceiling.
  • The bob of my head, the sweep of my arm silently echoed between the mirrors, each reflected image nudging the next.
  • By nudging an asteroid off course, a probe would send it on a new trajectory.
  • nudging stem cells to differentiate has proved challenging so far, and scientists have been looking for better ways.
  • As he did in court, he emphasizes his points by nudging his listeners toward his point of view.
  • Logic as well as research indicates that strong winds could catch at the ice, nudging the rocks across the dirt.
British Dictionary definitions for nudging

nudge

/nʌdʒ/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
4.
a gentle poke or push
5.
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 nudging

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.

n.

"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.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for nudging

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nudge

noun

A chronic nagger, kibitzer, or complainer: He's not a writer, he's a nudge/not as an assassin, but as a nudge and a nerd (1960s+) v: Usually he comes up to nudgy me while I'm writing/and oh nudjh, could he nudjh!

[fr Yiddish fr Slavic ''fret, dully ache''; perhaps influenced by English nudge]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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