nod·​ding ˈnä-diŋ How to pronounce nodding (audio)
: bending downward or forward : drooping
nodding flowers
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nodding was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nodding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: bending downward or forward
a plant with nodding flowers

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