nudge (NOODGE) listen
nudge (NUHDGE) listen


  • n. Pest, whiner.

  • v. Bore, pester, nag.

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • English


  • 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


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


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

      Alternative Spellings

      nudzh, nudge


  • American English "nudge" is a verb and noun that rhymes with "fudge" and means "prod, coax, approach." It does not seem to be influenced by Yiddish. Jewish English "noodge" has the vowel of "hood". Leo Rosten explains the difference: "Where a nudge is open, a nudzh is surreptitious, a kick under the table... A nudzh is also a Yinglish synonym for nudnik." See here for more info.

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