Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To lower and raise the head quickly, as in agreement or acknowledgment.
  • intransitive verb To let the head fall forward when sleepy.
  • intransitive verb To be careless or momentarily inattentive as if sleepy; lapse.
  • intransitive verb To sway, move up and down, or droop, as flowers in the wind.
  • intransitive verb To lower and raise (the head) quickly in agreement or acknowledgment.
  • intransitive verb To express by lowering and raising the head.
  • intransitive verb To summon, guide, or send by nodding the head.
  • noun A forward or up-and-down movement of the head, usually expressive of drowsiness or agreement.
  • noun An indication of approval or assent.
  • noun Informal A nomination for an award.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A short, quick, forward and downward motion of the head, either voluntary, as when used as a familiar salutation, a sign of assent or approbation, or given as a signal, command, etc., or involuntary, as when one is drowsy or sleepy.
  • noun A quick forward or downward inclination of the upper part or top of anything.
  • To incline or droop the head forward with a short, quick, involuntary motion, as when drowsy or sleepy; specifically, in botany, to droop or curve downward by a short bend in the peduncle: said of flowers. See nodding, p. a.
  • Figuratively, to be guilty of a lapse or inadvertence, as when nodding with drowsiness.
  • To salute, beckon, or express assent by a slight, quick inclination of the head.
  • To bend or incline the top or part corresponding to the head with a quick jerky motion, simulating the nodding of a drowsy person.
  • To incline or bend, as the head or top.
  • To signify by a nod: as, to nod assent.
  • To affect by a nod or nods in a manner expressed by a word or words connected: as, to nod one out of the room; to nod one's head off.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion.
  • intransitive verb To incline the head with a quick motion; to make a slight bow; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness, with the head.
  • intransitive verb To be careless or inattentive; to make a mistake from lack of attention.
  • intransitive verb To be drowsy or dull; to doze off, especially while in a sitting position.
  • noun A dropping or bending forward of the upper part or top of anything.
  • noun A quick or slight downward or forward motion of the head, in assent, in familiar salutation, in drowsiness, or in giving a signal, or a command.
  • noun sleep.
  • transitive verb To incline or bend, as the head or top; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness with.
  • transitive verb To signify by a nod.
  • transitive verb Poetic To cause to bend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive and intransitive To incline the head up and down, as to indicate agreement.
  • verb transitive and intransitive to sway, move up and down
  • verb intransitive To gradually fall asleep.
  • verb intransitive To make a mistake by being temporarily inattentive or tired
  • verb intransitive, soccer To head; to strike the ball with one's head.
  • verb intransitive, figuratively To allude to something.
  • verb intransitive, slang To fall asleep while under the influence of opiates.
  • noun An instance of moving one's head as described above.
  • noun A reference or allusion to something.

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

  • verb let the head fall forward through drowsiness
  • verb express or signify by nodding
  • verb lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation
  • noun a sign of assent or salutation or command
  • verb sway gently back and forth, as in a nodding motion
  • verb be almost asleep
  • noun the act of nodding the head

Etymologies

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

[Middle English nodden; perhaps akin to Middle High German notten.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown. Dates to late 14th century, probably comes from Old English; may be related to Old High German hnoton ("to shake"), from Proto-Germanic *hnudōnan.

Examples

  • And as we all know (or at least so the magazines keep telling us), a man will only love us (subtext: will want to give us a good tumble on his high heat cycle * wink wink nod nod*) if we are svelte.

    Charlotte Hilton Andersen: Women Exercise to Get Male Attention

  • And as we all know (or at least so the magazines keep telling us), a man will only love us (subtext: will want to give us a good tumble on his high heat cycle * wink wink nod nod*) if we are svelte.

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  • You know, sometimes it's not ALL about love .. it's about the other L-word .. * nod nod*

    angeles' playground

  • The latest Double Feature amateur sleuth is an amusing homage to great comedic movies such as the title nod to A Night at the era.

    A Night at the Operation-Jeffrey Cohen « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • One key reason Romney didn't get the nod is his job slashing businessman past.

    Brown sticking with Romney over Palin

  • For the exporters, a nod is as good as a wink, and you can bet that the EU will be monitoring residues in Ugandan exports with an enthusiasm that their officials normally only reserve for their monthly pay cheques.

    Hey! They’re only Africans

  • "I like to see what I call the nod of recognition that comes when I share something with the audience and they relate to it."

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  • Both of them could Tweet about their bad flight experience, and both may get some kind of nod from the airline - "Sorry about your flight," or whatever.

    Peter Shankman: Thoughts on Klout and Psychology

  • Tami Green (D-28) Geoff Simpson (D-47), and Roger Goodman (D-45) got the nod from the WSLC this weekend — several Democrats, also in tough races, like Roadkill state Sen. Chris Marr (D-6) and Sens.

    Threatening Payback « PubliCola

  • But Sotomayor got a nod from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which called her answers related to the Second Amendment "clear and responsible."

    NRA, RNC target Sotomayor over gun rights

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