Definitions for NODnɒd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nodnɒd(v.; n.)nod•ded, nod•ding

  1. (v.i.)to make a slight, quick inclination of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command.

  2. to let the head fall forward with a sudden, involuntary movement when sleepy.

  3. to become careless, inattentive, or listless; make a mistake through lack of attention.

  4. (of trees, flowers, plumes, etc.) to droop, bend, or incline with a swaying motion.

    Category: Botany

  5. (v.t.)to bend (the head) in a short, quick downward movement, as of assent or greeting.

  6. to express by such a movement of the head:

    to nod one's agreement.

  7. to summon, bring, or send by a nod of the head:

    nodded us to follow him.

  8. nod off,to fall asleep, esp. unintentionally.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  9. nod out,Slang. to fall asleep, esp. owing to the effects of a drug.

    Category: Status (usage), Verb Phrase

  10. (n.)a short, quick inclination of the head, as in assent, greeting, command, or drowsiness.

  11. a brief period of sleep; nap.

  12. a bending or swaying movement.

Idioms for nod:

  1. give the nod to,to express approval of; agree to.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of nod:

1350–1400; ME nodde



  1. the land east of Eden where Cain went to dwell. Gen. 4:16.

    Category: Bible

  2. Category: Mythology

    Ref: land of Nod.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nod(noun)

    a sign of assent or salutation or command

  2. nod(verb)

    the act of nodding the head

  3. nod(verb)

    express or signify by nodding

    "He nodded his approval"

  4. nod(verb)

    lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation

    "The teacher nodded when the student gave the right answer"

  5. nod(verb)

    let the head fall forward through drowsiness

    "The old man was nodding in his chair"

  6. nod(verb)

    sway gently back and forth, as in a nodding motion

    "the flowers were nodding in the breeze"

  7. nod(verb)

    be almost asleep

    "The old man sat nodding by the fireplace"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nod(verb)ɒd

    to move your head up and then down, especially to agree or give a signal

    If I don't understand, I usually just nod and smile politely.; He nodded toward the exit to tell me we should leave.


  1. nod(Noun)

    An instance of moving one's head as described above.

  2. nod(Verb)

    To incline the head up and down, as to indicate agreement.

  3. nod(Verb)

    to sway, move up and down

  4. nod(Verb)

    To gradually fall asleep.

  5. nod(Verb)

    To make a mistake by being temporarily inattentive or tired

    Even Homer nods.

  6. nod(Verb)

    To head; to strike the ball with one's head.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nod(verb)

    to bend or incline the upper part, with a quick motion; as, nodding plumes

  2. Nod(verb)

    to incline the head with a quick motion; to make a slight bow; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness, with the head; as, to nod at one

  3. Nod(verb)

    to be drowsy or dull; to be careless

  4. Nod(verb)

    to incline or bend, as the head or top; to make a motion of assent, of salutation, or of drowsiness with; as, to nod the head

  5. Nod(verb)

    to signify by a nod; as, to nod approbation

  6. Nod(verb)

    to cause to bend

  7. Nod(noun)

    a dropping or bending forward of the upper oart or top of anything

  8. Nod(noun)

    a quick or slight downward or forward motion of the head, in assent, in familiar salutation, in drowsiness, or in giving a signal, or a command

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NOD' in Verbs Frequency: #342

Translations for NOD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make a quick forward and downward movement of the head to show agreement, as a greeting etc

I asked him if he agreed and he nodded (his head); He nodded to the man as he passed him in the street.

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