nod·​ding | \ ˈnä-diŋ How to pronounce nodding (audio) \

Definition of nodding

1 : bending downward or forward : drooping nodding flowers
2 : slight, superficial a nodding acquaintance

Examples of nodding in a Sentence

some students, with nodding heads, were helplessly falling asleep during the boring lecture
Recent Examples on the Web James O’Donoghue, a planetary scientist with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, likened our planet’s tilting phenomenon to a nodding head. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of nodding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nodding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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