\ ˈnäd \
nodded; nodding

Definition of nod

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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

So, if Obama had said that or George W. Bush, for that matter, pretty much everyone would nod in agreement. Fox News, "Ann Coulter on left's meltdown over Kavanaugh allegation; will Carter Page finally learn why the FBI spied on him?," 19 Sep. 2018 Anyone caught in the New York rain over the last few days surely nodded in recognition. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Dripping Wet Hair and No-Makeup Makeup Just Set a New Bar for Clean Beauty at Calvin Klein," 12 Sep. 2018 Tottenham midfielder Alli nodded in only England's third goal from open play of this World Cup so far just before the hour mark, having struggled with injury earlier in the tournament. Afp,, "Kane: England reaching World Cup semifinals 'probably not sunk in'," 7 July 2018 Ten minutes later, Edin Dzeko’s attempt to head away a Liverpool corner went backwards instead toward Wijnaldum, who nodded it in. Andrew Dampf,, "Liverpool advances to Champions League final," 2 May 2018 After the actress nodded, producers quickly began to play the scene. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Hosts Called Out Candice Bergen Over a 'Murphy Brown' Joke and Things Got Awkward," 21 Nov. 2018 And everybody’s standing around, not saying anything, but just nodding. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley suspects social media platforms are hiding politics they don’t like," 8 Oct. 2018 Maezawa seemed open to the idea, nodding and clapping. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Things We Learned From SpaceX's Moon Tourist Announcement," 18 Sep. 2018 The conversation was brief, but Hernandez nodded and patted Seager on the rear. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Felix roughed up in Texas heat, Mariners fall 11-4," 7 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, kicked things off by acquiring the old Whitney Museum building, an imposing granite inverted ziggurat on Madison Avenue, and changing the name to the Met Breuer, a nod to its architect, Marcel Breuer. Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, "Architectural Reboot: The Return of Brutalism," 20 Dec. 2018 As a nod to the family, the White Rose of York was also embroidered on the shoulder and back, to hold the cape and the dress together. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Photos Reveal the Dramatic Back of Princess Eugenie's Reception Dress," 16 Nov. 2018 According to InStyle, the line gives a nod to its velour past, with its Oui Glitter Velour Lipstick that will retail for $18. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Juicy Couture Is Launching a Makeup Collection With a Velour-Inspired Lipstick," 28 Sep. 2018 The underlying framework of Android is open source and completely free, which means anyone can use it without so much as a nod in Google's direction. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What's Behind Google's Enormous $5 Billion Fine from the EU," 18 July 2018 Only 999 pairs were originally created when the Accelerator was launched, with 1,999 pairs of the new Accelerator Electricity now made as another nod to the past., "adidas Launch New Predator Accelator Electricity Inspired By Original 1999 Boots," 3 July 2018 The bar features the Brazilian caipirinha cocktail and, as a nod to Texas, a margarita with jalapenos. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Sneak Peek inside United's exclusive new lounge at IAH," 26 June 2018 La Familia has been experimenting with shrimp in this dish, Mariela says, as a nod to Connecticut’s desire for seafood. Leeanne Griffin,, "La Familia Brings Authentic Bolivian Food To Canton," 25 June 2018 The sentiment grew, but Father’s Day didn’t gain an equal, legislatively enacted footing until 1972, possibly as a nod to — or maybe even in reaction to — the nation’s emerging consciousness about equal rights for women. John D'anna, azcentral, "On Father's Day, dads don't need (or want) you to go through the motions," 15 June 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

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: 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

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


\ ˈnäd \
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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