Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a slight push or shake
  2. (verb, communication) push into action by pestering or annoying gently
  3. (verb, contact) to push against gently

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Nudge

jog, poke at, prod

Alternate forms of Nudge

Derivations: nudge, nudger

Hyponyms: elbow, jog

Hypernyms: bear on, force, push, pushing

Origin of the word Nudge

  1. "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. more
  2. "complainer, nagger," 1960s, from Yiddish, from Slavic words meaning "fret, ache," realted to the root of nudnik (q.v.). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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