- 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.
intransitive verbbudged, budg′ing
- to move even a little: unable to budge the boulder
- to yield or cause to yield
Origin of budgeFrench from Old French bouger, to move from Vulgar Latin an unverified form bullicare, to boil from Classical Latin bullire, boil
Origin of budgeME, a bag, bulge from Old French bouge, a bag from Classical Latin bulga, leather bag from Gaulish
verbbudged, 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”).