\ ˈnäd How to pronounce nod (audio) \
nodded; nodding

Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a quick downward motion of the head whether deliberately (as in expressing assent or salutation) or involuntarily (as from drowsiness) She nodded in agreement. The guard nodded to us as we walked in. He sat nodding by the fire.
2 : to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall signposts nodding in the wind
3 : to bend or sway the upper part gently downward or forward : bob gently the plumes that nodded on his helmet nodding flowers on long stems
4 : to make a slip or error in a moment of abstraction … Fuentes nods, and his language then falls into … an overly learned mumbo-jumbo that stops the drama of his action.— Robert Maurer

transitive verb

1 : to incline downward or forward nodded his head in agreement
2 : to bring, invite, or send by a nod nodded us in
3 : to signify by a nod nodded their approval



Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of nodding gave a nod of greeting
2 : an indication especially of approval or recognition

Other Words from nod


nodder noun

Synonyms for nod

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of nod in a Sentence

Verb She nodded when I asked her if she was ready. I asked her if she could hear me, and she nodded her head. “The bathroom is around the corner,” he said, nodding to the left. She nodded toward the dirty dishes and said she would get to them later.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kocher was the East Cincinnati Conference player of the year, a first-team Southeast District selection and earned a second-team All-Ohio nod for his junior year performance. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 27 July 2022 Mantiply earned Arizona’s All-Star nod with a 0.34 ERA through 29 appearances, but has now allowed nine runs in his last 11 outings. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 24 July 2022 And then, about a half-hour after the first goal, Germany won a corner, fired it toward the forehead of striker Alexandra Popp and watched her nod it past Paños. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Shelves of old-timey oil cans and sepia-toned photos of drilling machinery nod to the history of oil drilling in Alberta. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Get Different ready to nod along to a book that was preaching to the choir. Pia Silva, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Even the physicality of the actors—who are aging at hyperspeed in front of our eyes in the kids’ cases or shredding themselves for Marvel movies in David Harbour’s—nod persistently to the real world. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 6 July 2022 Daisies nod their heads, beckoning visitors to adore them. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2022 If not, nod to these architectural elements with furnishings that sport arched shapes or column-like designs. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the trailer, Riri is seen forging an iron suit, a nod to her comic book debut as the hero Ironheart. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 At the same time, Mira’s suit is noticeably sleeker and blacker, less rubbery and reflective than Cheung’s, which feels like a nod to an increasingly digital, effects-reliant medium. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 That’s a nod to the U.S. trying to manage the risk of Russia instigating a broader war. Nomaan Merchant And Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2022 In displays Scecina Memorial High School memorabilia, a nod to their three generations of Crusader graduates, and another wall features Howell and Arsenal Technical relics. Jenna Watson, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2022 The collection includes apparel like bike shorts, one-shoulder tops, and beach-ready dresses in bright pops of color, a nod to California’s surf culture but also Staud's heritage. Frances Solá-santiago,, 21 July 2022 The restaurant's menu and décor are inspired by Daoud's favorite places along the Mediterranean coast, a nod to his Jordanian roots. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 21 July 2022 Aceves, formerly of the Resort at Pelican Hill and L’Auberge Del Mar, has introduced a menu that combines Mediterranean flavors with San Diego’s bounty of seafood and produce and a nod to his own Mexican heritage. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 This move activates launch control, which cues a little bear icon (a nod to Lucid’s California roots) on the driver’s display. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nod


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nod


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

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\ ˈnäd How to pronounce nod (audio) \
nodded; nodding

Kids Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bend the head up and down one or more times He nodded in agreement.
2 : to move up and down She nodded her head. Daisies nodded in the breeze.
3 : to tip the head in a certain direction He nodded toward the door.
nod off
: to fall asleep



Kids Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

: the action of bending the head up and down

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