- To budge is to move or change something a little.
- An example of budge is get a large rock to move a tiny bit.
- An example of budge is to get someone to alter their beliefs slightly.
Origin: Middle English a bag, bulge ; from Old French bouge, a bag ; from Classical Latin bulga, leather bag ; from Gaulish
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verb budged budged, budg·ing, budg·es verb, intransitive
- To move or stir slightly: The trapped child was stuck tight and couldn't budge.
- To alter a position or attitude: had made the decision and wouldn't budge.
- To cause to move slightly.
- To cause to alter a position or attitude: an adamant critic who couldn't be budged.
Origin: Old French bouger, from Vulgar Latin *bullicāre, to bubble, from Latin bullīre, to boil.
Origin: Middle English bouge, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin bugia, probably from Latin bulga, leather bag; see budget.