AskDefine | Define nudge

Dictionary Definition

nudge n : a slight push or shake [syn: jog]

Verb

1 to push against gently; "She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant" [syn: poke at, prod]
2 push into action by pestering or annoying gently

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Circa 17th Century, from Scandinavian.

Noun

  1. A gentle push

Translations

Verb

  1. To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal
  2. To near or come close to something

Translations

To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal
To near or come close to something

Extensive Definition

Nudge may refer to:
  • Nudge, Urban slang word for the police. Popularized through American Hip-hop music, television, and cinema. (NOUN): 'Hide the drugs, it's the Nudge!' 'When I grow up daddy, I want to be a Nudge, just like you.' The term Nudge became so popular as a word for the Police that the popular T.V. show 'Cops' was originally titled 'The Nudge' until network executives changed the name back to 'Cops' to avoid a possible lawsuit with the A & E network which had a popular T.V. miniseries titled 'Nudge patrol'.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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