- 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 of budgeMiddle English a bag, bulge ; from Old French bouge, a bag ; from Classical Latin bulga, leather bag ; from Gaulish
verbbudged budged, budg·ing, budg·es
- 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 of budgeOld French bouger, from Vulgar Latin *bullicāre, to bubble, from Latin bullīre, to boil.
Origin of budgeMiddle English bouge, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin bugia, probably from Latin bulga, leather bag; see budget.
(third-person singular simple present budges, present participle budging, simple past and past participle budged)
- (intransitive) To move.
- I’ve been pushing this rock as hard as I can, but it won’t budge an inch.
- To move.
- I’ve been pushing this rock as hard as I can, but I can’t budge it.
- To yield in one’s opinions or beliefs.
- The Minister for Finance refused to budge on the new economic rules.
- To try to improve the spot of a decision on a sports field.
(comparative more budge, superlative most budge)
- (obsolete) Brisk; stirring; jocund.
From French bouger.
From Latin bulga (“a leathern bag or knapsack”).