nudge

Pronunciations

nudge (NOODGE) listen
nudge (NUHDGE) listen

Definitions

  • n. A pest; whiner.

  • v. To bore.

  • v. To pester, nag.

  • n. An annoying person; nudnik.

Example Sentences

  • "I am so annoyed by her, what a noodge!"

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • likely from Yiddish נודיען nudyen 'to bore, pester', נודניק nudnik 'bore, pest', influenced by English "nudge"

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      nudzh, noodge

Notes

  • American English "nudge" is a verb and noun that means "prod, coax, approach." It does not seem to be influenced by Yiddish.

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