nudge

Sometimes you just need a little nudge or slight push to get your day going. It might be a coffee, or your favorite song, or your mom stripping the covers and standing over your bed. Take your pick.

Some people believe the word nudge comes from the Norwegian dialect nugga meaning "to push, rub." This makes sense, since a nudge is a push of sorts. But it's more of a gentle push. Think of nudging coals around in a fire or a crowd of people nudging to the stage at a concert. When you gently annoy your husband so he'll mow the lawn, you're nudging him along.

Definitions of nudge
  1. verb
    push against gently
    “She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant”
    synonyms: poke at, prod
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    types:
    jog
    give a slight push to
    elbow
    shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
    type of:
    force, push
    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
  2. verb
    push into action by pestering or annoying gently
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    type of:
    bear on, push
    press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
  3. noun
    a slight push or shake
    synonyms: jog
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    type of:
    push, pushing
    the act of applying force in order to move something away
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