- 1[intransitive, transitive] if you nod, nod your head or your head nods, you move your head up and down to show agreement, understanding, etc. I asked him if he would help me and he nodded. ‘Ready?’ She nodded at me and we set off. Her head nodded in agreement. nod something He nodded his head sympathetically. She nodded approval.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to move your head down and up once to say hello to somebody or to give them a sign to do something nod (to/at somebody) The president nodded to the crowd as he passed in the motorcade. nod to/at somebody to do something She nodded at him to begin speaking nod something (to/at somebody) to nod a greeting
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move your head in the direction of somebody/something to show that you are talking about them/it I asked where Steve was and she nodded in the direction of the kitchen. She nodded towards his suitcase. ‘Going somewhere?’ she asked.
- 4[intransitive] to let your head fall forward when you are sleeping in a chair He sat nodding in front of the fire. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps of Low German origin; compare with Middle High German notten
BrE BrE//nɒd//; NAmE NAmE//nɑːd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nod
BrE BrE//nɒd//; NAmE NAmE//nɑːd//he / she / it nods
BrE BrE//nɒdz//; NAmE NAmE//nɑːdz//past simple nodded
BrE BrE//ˈnɒdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːdɪd//past participle nodded
BrE BrE//ˈnɒdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːdɪd//-ing form nodding
BrE BrE//ˈnɒdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːdɪŋ//