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nudge definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a slight push or shake [syn: nudge, jog] v
1: to push against gently; "She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant" [syn: nudge, poke at, prod]
2: push into action by pestering or annoying gently

Merriam Webster's

verb (nudged; nudging) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1675 transitive verb 1. to touch or push gently; especially to seek the attention of by a push of the elbow 2. to prod lightly ; urge into action 3. approach <its circulation is nudging the four million mark Bennett Cerf> intransitive verb to give a nudge nudge noun nudger noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. 1 prod gently with the elbow to attract attention. 2 push gently or gradually. 3 give a gentle reminder or encouragement to (a person). --n. the act or an instance of nudging; a gentle push. Derivatives: nudger n. Etymology: 17th c.: orig. unkn.: cf. Norw. dial. nugga, nyggja to push, rub

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nudge Nudge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nudge?; p. pr. & vb. n. Nudging.] [Cf. Prov. G. kn["u]tschen to squeeze, pinch, E. Knock.] To touch gently, as with the elbow, in order to call attention or convey intimation.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nudge Nudge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nudge?; p. pr. & vb. n. Nudging.] [Cf. Prov. G. kn["u]tschen to squeeze, pinch, E. Knock.] To touch gently, as with the elbow, in order to call attention or convey intimation.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nudge Nudge, n. A gentle push, or jog, as with the elbow.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(nudges, nudging, nudged) 1. If you nudge someone, you push them gently, usually with your elbow, in order to draw their attention to something. I nudged Stan and pointed again... VERB: V n Nudge is also a noun. She slipped her arm under his and gave him a nudge. N-COUNT: usu sing 2. If you nudge someone or something into a place or position, you gently push them there. Edna Swinson nudged him into the sitting room... VERB: V n prep/adv Nudge is also a noun. McKinnon gave the wheel another slight nudge. N-COUNT: usu sing 3. If you nudge someone into doing something, you gently persuade them to do it. Bit by bit Bob had nudged Fritz into selling his controlling interest... Foreigners must use their power to nudge the country towards greater tolerance... British tour companies are nudging clients to travel further afield. VERB: V n into -ing/n, V n towards n, V n to-inf Nudge is also a noun. I had a feeling that the challenge appealed to him. All he needed was a nudge. N-COUNT: usu sing 4. If someone or something is nudging a particular amount, level, or state, they have almost reached it. The temperature when we were there was nudging 80F. = approaching VERB: usu cont, V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. Push gently, jog, poke. II. n. Gentle push, jog, poke.

Moby Thesaurus

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