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nod

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verb \ˈnäd\

Simple Definition of nod

  • : to move your head up and down as a way of answering “yes” or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval

  • : to move your head up and down as a signal to someone or as a way of saying hello or goodbye to someone

  • : to slightly move your head in a specified direction

Full Definition of nod

nod·dednod·ding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a quick downward motion of the head whether deliberately (as in expressing assent or salutation) or involuntarily (as from drowsiness)

  3. 2 :  to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall

  4. 3 :  to bend or sway the upper part gently downward or forward :  bob gently

  5. 4 :  to make a slip or error in a moment of abstraction

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to incline (as the head) downward or forward

  8. 2 :  to bring, invite, or send by a nod <nodded us in>

  9. 3 :  to signify by a nod <nodded their approval>

nod·der noun

Examples of nod

  1. She nodded when I asked her if she was ready.

  2. I asked her if she could hear me, and she nodded her head.

  3. The bathroom is around the corner, he said, nodding to the left.

  4. She nodded toward the dirty dishes and said she would get to them later.



Origin of nod

Middle English nodden; perhaps akin to Old High German hnotōn to shake


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with nod


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nod

noun

Simple Definition of nod

  • : a movement of your head up and down especially as a way of answering “yes” or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval : an act of nodding

  • : something done to show that someone or something has been chosen, approved, etc.

Full Definition of nod

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of nodding <gave a nod of greeting>

  2. 2 :  an indication especially of approval or recognition

Circa 1541

First Known Use of nod

circa 1541



NOD Defined for Kids

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nod

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verb \ˈnäd\

Definition of nod

nod·dednod·ding

  1. 1 :  to bend the head up and down one or more times <He nodded in agreement.>

  2. 2 :  to move up and down <She nodded her head.> <Daisies nodded in the breeze.>

  3. 3 :  to tip the head in a certain direction <He nodded toward the door.>

nod off
  1. :  to fall asleep




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nod

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noun

Definition of nod

  1. :  the action of bending the head up and down





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