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

v push against gently

“She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant”
poke at, prod
give a slight push to
shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

v push into action by pestering or annoying gently

Type of:
bear on, push
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action

n a slight push or shake

Type of:
push, pushing
the act of applying force in order to move something away

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