\ 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

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Other Words from nod


nodder noun

Synonyms for nod

Synonyms: Verb

bob, bobble, jog, jounce, pump, seesaw, wag

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Examples of nod in a Sentence


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 43-year-old Spice Girl coyly nodded and laughed when asked about the rumors, adding that Geri would hate her for revealing the secret. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Mel B and Geri Halliwell Once Hooked Up and the Internet Is Living For It," 25 Mar. 2019 Candace declared while Jodie and Andrea nodded and smiled in agreement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Full House' Star Candace Cameron Bure Made It Clear Where She Stands After Lori Loughlin Scandal," 25 Mar. 2019 Not because the dresses nodded to a demented Kim Novak or an inscrutable Eva Marie Saint. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 Zinke nodded to other public services, such as improving visitor experiences at Yosemite National Park or thinning forests as options for the money. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Seattle Times, "Zinke says Northern California fire costs likely in billions," 27 Nov. 2018 These abstract artworks also nod to centuries-old methods of crafting furniture with joinery techniques executed so precisely that no metal fasteners were required. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 Dichotomies abound: The art is made from new and used objects that were culled from the artist’s home and the public realm; the work nods equally to excess and lack, to public and private space, to feeling both protected and exposed. Deborah Vankin,, "Shinique Smith's 'Refuge' explores shelter, homelessness and the excess of our stuff," 13 June 2018 The bobblehead nods to a moment in 1982 when Yount famously rode his motorcycle around the warning track at County Stadium following the World Series to celebrate the team's American League pennant. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Mayor of Ding Dong City' arrives Sunday, so let's take a look at the 12 best Brewers player bobbleheads thus far," 22 May 2018 Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy While two films in this category — Green Book and Vice – received multiple Golden Globe nods this year, some say that The Favourite actually has a better shot at winning. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See if Your 2019 Golden Globe Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 5 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bryse Wilson gets the nod Saturday in what will be the second start of his big league career. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Roark roughed up in final spring tuneup for Reds," 25 Mar. 2019 The hiatus is becoming more galling as other, smaller companies are now receiving approvals again: 257 titles have been greenlighted in three batches since mid-December, with 93 getting the nod Tuesday. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Tencent Still Isn’t Feeling the Love From Beijing," 22 Jan. 2019 So when Lora Haddock, CEO of the company Lora DiCarlo, heard her product was getting the Innovation nod, she was pumped. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019 The video and Brandon's iconic question immediately became part of our pop culture consciousness, even getting a nod in Black Panther when Shuri asks T'Challa that same question while laughing at his sandals. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Brandon Moore, Creator of the "What Are Those?" Vine, Has Died at 31," 28 Nov. 2018 New romantic style was all about art-deco, being flamboyant, with nods to the clothes and costumes of romantic periods in throughout history. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Youth Culture Magazine That Put Naomi Campbell and Missy Elliot on the Cover Is Relaunching," 1 Apr. 2019 This season included references from the 1930s to the '70s and '80s along with nods to not only France, but also Gucci's Italian roots and some Americana (in the form of a Disney collaboration that included Mickey Mouse handbags). Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jane Birkin Gave a Surprise Performance at Gucci's Spring 2019 Show," 25 Sep. 2018 With so many pieces to choose from, your teen can deck out their entire space with nods to their favorite character, or add just a small dose of magic with accessories like their Golden Snitch Clock. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Pottery Barn's Magical New Harry Potter Collection Is Finally Here," 31 Aug. 2018 Located just off the corner of Trevilian Way and Poplar Level Road, Oskar’s boasts a retro-cool atmosphere with nods to the rugged and wild terrain of Europe’s Nordic region present throughout the space. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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

Kids Definition of nod

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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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