Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a sign of assent or salutation or command
  2. (noun, act) the act of nodding the head
  3. (verb, communication) express or signify by nodding
  4. (verb, communication) lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation
  5. (verb, body) let the head fall forward through drowsiness
  6. (verb, motion) sway gently back and forth, as in a nodding motion
  7. (verb, body) be almost asleep

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Alternate forms of Nod

Derivations: nod

Hyponyms: nutation

Hypernyms: communicate, drowse, gesticulate, gesture, inclination, inclining, intercommunicate, motion, move

Origin of the word Nod

  1. "to quickly bow the head," late 14c., of unknown origin, probably an O.E. word, but not recorded; perhaps related to O.H.G. hnoton "to shake," from P.Gmc. *khnudojanan. The noun is first attested 1540. Meaning "to drift in and out of consciousness while on drugs" is attested from 1968. more

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