- From the verb nod: (⇒ conjugate)
- nodding is: ⓘClick the infinitive to see all available inflections
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
nod /nɑd/USA pronunciation
v., nod•ded, nod•ding, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to make a slight, quick bending movement of the head, as in agreement, greeting, or command: [no object]She nodded at us and we stood up.[~ + object]He nodded his head in approval.
- to express or show by such a movement:[~ + object]He nodded his approval.
- [no object] to let the head fall slightly forward with a sudden movement, as from sleepiness.
- Slang Termsnod off, [no object] to fall asleep.
- a short, quick bending of the head:At a nod from the teacher they all began to sing.
- Idioms, Informal Termsgive the nod to, [~ + object] to express approval of:He gave the nod to our proposal.
(nod),USA pronunciation v., nod•ded, nod•ding, n. v.i.
- to make a slight, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command.
- to let the head fall slightly forward with a sudden, involuntary movement when sleepy.
- to doze, esp. in a sitting position:The speaker was so boring that half the audience was nodding.
- to become careless, inattentive, or listless;
make an error or mistake through lack of attention.
- Botany(of trees, flowers, plumes, etc.) to droop, bend, or incline with a swaying motion.
- to bend (the head) in a short, quick downward movement, as of assent or greeting.
- to express or signify by such a movement of the head:to nod approval; to nod agreement.
- to summon, bring, or send by a nod of the head.
- to cause (something) to lean or sway;
- Idiomsnod off, to fall asleep or doze, esp. in a sitting position:He was reprimanded for nodding off in class.
- Drugs, Idiomsnod out, [Slang.]to fall asleep owing to the effects of a dose of a narcotic analgesic drug.
- a short, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command or because of drowsiness.
- a brief period of sleep;
- a bending or swaying movement.
- Idioms, Informal Termsgive the nod to, [Informal.]to express approval of;
agree to:The board gave the nod to the new proposal.
- on the nod:
- Idioms[Brit. Slang.]on credit.
- Idioms[Slang.]drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.
- Middle English nodde, of uncertain origin, originally 1350–1400
(nod),USA pronunciation n.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged drowse.
- Biblethe land east of Eden where Cain went to dwell. Gen. 4:16.
- MythologySee land of Nod.
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nod /nɒd/ vb (nods, nodding, nodded)
- to lower and raise (the head) briefly, as to indicate agreement, invitation, etc
- (transitive) to express or indicate by nodding: she nodded approval
- (transitive) to bring or direct by nodding: she nodded me towards the manager's office
- (intransitive) (of flowers, trees, etc) to sway or bend forwards and back
- (intransitive) to let the head fall forward through drowsiness; be almost asleep
- (intransitive) to be momentarily inattentive or careless: even Homer sometimes nods
- nodding acquaintance ⇒ a slight, casual, or superficial knowledge (of a subject or a person)
See also nod offEtymology: 14th Century nodde, of obscure originˈnodding adj , n
- a quick down-and-up movement of the head, as in assent, command, etc
- a short sleep; nap
See also land of Nod
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