\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Things that made me ponder or nod my head this week: The mean streets of Roseville: It was reported this week that this first-ring suburb now has a worse crime rate than the Saintly City. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On policing and crime and caring where you live," 1 Nov. 2019 The Reds fell behind with just seconds on the clock when Harry Kane nodded in an opener, but responded with a signature performance, and, through a strike from Jordan Henderson and a penalty from Mohamed Salah, deservedly emerged with the points., "Jürgen Klopp Reveals New Nickname for 'Unbelievable' Fabinho," 28 Oct. 2019 Practical Washingtonians, who are just about the only kind of Washingtonians there are, nodded their heads as Game 3 wore on at Nationals Park. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: World Series back in D.C. at long last – but Nationals' magic goes out for one night," 26 Oct. 2019 The women in the room—from the reporters to the legislators to the governor’s own staff—all began nodding their heads in agreement. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Glamour, "It’s Time to Stop Treating Parenting as a Mom’s Burden and a Dad’s Adorable Hobby," 10 Oct. 2019 Orlando City was still trailing New England when Dwyer nodded in the goal in the first minute of the half. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "With Dom Dwyer back in top form, Orlando City designated player unit thrives," 27 Sep. 2019 At my tiny eighth grade graduation party, a few of us were nodding rhythmically and pretending not to want to dance by my boombox in the front yard. Devorah Heitner, Longreads, "What’s Happening to My Body?," 13 Sep. 2019 There's a satisfying mix of rock, pop, EDM and hip-hop to go around, which means basketball fans of every stripe have something to nod their heads to. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "NBA 2K20 offers some of the best virtual basketball you'll ever play," 10 Sep. 2019 To be Ivanka abroad is to escape from the utter weirdness of this White House, with its rally chants and doctored weather charts; and instead give speeches to erudite diplomatic allies who are protocol-bound to nod and smile. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Ivanka Trump is acting like everything is normal," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The couple’s dream wedding incorporated nods to their respective African and Haitian traditions. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Jessica and Henri Brought Culture And Pride To Their New York Wedding," 6 Nov. 2019 In September, voters gave the early nod to newcomer Alejandra St. Guillen in the at-large council race (along with three incumbents) and to Kenzie Bok, Ricardo Arroyo, and Craig Cashman in the races for three open district seats., "That would be the mayor.," 6 Nov. 2019 For his part, Mr. Trump focused on other Republican victories in Kentucky on Tuesday night, an implicit nod to Mr. Bevin’s own unpopularity with voters. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "The G.O.P.’s Election Day Problem in the Suburbs Is Getting Worse," 6 Nov. 2019 That nod goes to Jackson, whose Ravens are 6-2 after a dominating victory over New England Sunday night. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns deserve to be criticized for selfishness and immaturity," 4 Nov. 2019 Though the first two episodes included plenty of nods to its source material, Sunday’s installment dove more deeply into the series’ past. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Watchmen Questions Its Heroes’ Legacies," 4 Nov. 2019 The two men are dressed as babies, and Kim’s dungarees—in an unsubtle nod to the tensions between the Asian country and the rest of the world—feature a grinning cartoon bomb. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Censorship of Hong Kong’s protests has spread to a UK cake contest," 3 Nov. 2019 Ciera Johnson and Kayla Wells also received preseason All-SEC nods. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "College basketball preview: Texas A&M women," 2 Nov. 2019 Post Malone is the most nominated performer of the night with seven total nods, while Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish follow close behind with six nominations each. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "American Music Awards: Selena Gomez Set to Perform," 1 Nov. 2019

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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

 (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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