Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal.
  • transitive v. To come close to; near: "The temperature was nudging 105 degrees in the shade” ( Scouting).
  • n. A gentle push.
  • n. One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains.
  • transitive v. To annoy persistently; pester.
  • intransitive v. To complain or carp persistently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gentle push.
  • n. A feature of instant messaging software used to get the attention of another user, as by shaking the conversation window or playing a sound.
  • n. The rotation by one step of a reel of the player's choice.
  • v. To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal
  • v. To near or come close to something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gentle push, or jog, as with the elbow.
  • transitive v. To touch gently, as with the elbow, in order to call attention or convey intimation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To touch gently, as with the elbow; give a hint or signal to by a covert touch with the hand, elbow, or foot.
  • n. A slight push, as with the elbow; a covert jog intended to call attention, give warning, or the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. push into action by pestering or annoying gently
  • v. to push against gently
  • n. a slight push or shake

Etymologies

Probably of Scandinavian origin.
From Yiddish nudyen, to pester, bore, from Polish nudzić.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 17th century, Scandinavian. (Wiktionary)

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  • Gandalf did this to get Bilbo to go on his adventure.

    September 5, 2012

  • *wink*

    November 6, 2008