Definition of nudge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//nʌdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//nʌdʒ//
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  • a slight push, usually with the elbow She gave me a gentle nudge in the ribs to tell me to shut up. (figurative) He can work hard but he needs a nudge now and then.
  • Word Originlate 17th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin; compare with Norwegian dialect nugga, nyggja ‘to push, rub’.Idioms
    nudge nudge, wink wink, a nudge and a wink
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    used to suggest something to do with sex without actually saying it They've been spending a lot of time together, nudge nudge, wink wink.
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