An example of a nudge is elbowing a friend to push them a little closer to someone to whom they are attracted.
transitive verbnudged, nudg′ing
Origin of nudgeprobably akin to Norwegian dialect, dialectal nyggja, to push, shove, Middle Low German nucke, a sudden push, ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form nue-, to jerk, shove: see innuendo
intransitive verbnudged, nudg′ing
transitive verbnudged, nudg·ing, nudg·es
- To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal.
- To come close to; near: “The temperature was nudging 105 degrees in the shade” ( Scouting )
Origin of nudgeProbably of Scandinavian origin
- A gentle push.
- (Internet) A feature of instant messaging software used to get the attention of another user, as by shaking the conversation window or playing a sound.
- (fruit machines) The rotation by one step of a reel of the player's choice.
- Since the machine was showing two lemons and a cherry, I decided to try a nudge.
(third-person singular simple present nudges, present participle nudging, simple past and past participle nudged)
Circa 17th century, Scandinavian.