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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 of nudge1
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

or noodge, nudzh

[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.
Origin
1875-80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik
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Examples from the Web for nudging
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  • Some in the group espied my approach, and there was a nudging of elbows.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • At this there was some pushing and nudging and indulgent whispering.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Just as Uncle Denny started upon the platform, a tall lank farmer whom the man next him had been nudging violently, rose.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • "Morrisson, your honour," said a ragged ruffian, nudging me by the elbow.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • Ever since the old judge left us I have been feeling as if he were standing at my elbow and nudging me not to forget.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
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

nudging

Related Terms

motherfucking

nothing to it

interjection

That is easy

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