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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Budge, Don Budge, John Donald Budgeverb

    United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000)

  2. stir, shift, budge, agitateverb

    move very slightly

    "He shifted in his seat"


  1. budgeverb

    To move.

    I've been pushing this rock as hard as I can, but it won't budge an inch.

  2. budgeverb

    To yield in one's opinions or beliefs.

  3. budgeverb

    To try to improve the spot of a decision on a sports field.

  4. Etymology: From bouger.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Budgeadjective

    Surly; stiff; formal.

    Etymology: of uncertain etymology.

    O foolishness of men! that lend their ears
    To those budge doctors of the stoicks. John Milton.

  2. Budgenoun

    The dressed skin or fur of lambs. Dict.

  3. To BUDGEverb

    To stir; to move off the place: a low word.

    Etymology: bouger, Fr.

    All your prisoners
    In the lime grove, which weatherfends your cell,
    They cannot budge till your release. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    The mouse ne’er shun’d the cat, as they did budge
    From rascals worse than they. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I thought th’ hadst scorn’d to budge
    For fear. Hudibras, cant. ii.


  1. Budge

    Budge is a verb, meaning to move.


  1. budge

    To budge means to move slightly or to shift position, usually after a period of being still or stuck. It can also mean to change one's opinion, attitude, or course of action, especially when it is difficult to do so.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Budgeverb

    to move off; to stir; to walk away

  2. Budge

    brisk; stirring; jocund

  3. Budgenoun

    a kind of fur prepared from lambskin dressed with the wool on; -- used formerly as an edging and ornament, esp. of scholastic habits

  4. Budgeadjective

    lined with budge; hence, scholastic

  5. Budgeadjective

    austere or stiff, like scholastics

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Budge

    buj, v.i. and v.t. to move or stir.—n. Budg′er, one who stirs. [Fr. bouger—It. bulicare, to boil, to bubble—L. bullire.]

  2. Budge

    buj, n. lambskin fur.—adj. pompous: stiff. [Derivation unknown.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BUDGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Budge is ranked #18198 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Budge surname appeared 1,529 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Budge.

    92.2% or 1,411 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 56 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 32 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 5 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of budge in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of budge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of budge in a Sentence

  1. Emily Kirkland:

    If there's not action, we're going to lose the ability to have free and fair elections, kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is refusing to budge. It's incredibly upsetting.

  2. Chris Snow:

    I can't imagine the first-lien noteholders will budge on this.

  3. Malcolm Stevenson Forbes:

    If you never budge, don't expect a push.

  4. Il Messaggero:

    We would never have voted for the (civil unions) if we had been told stripping out the 'stepchild' was temporary, pending a new law. We will absolutely not budge on this.

  5. Rod Laver:

    It really doesn’t worry me, when Don Budge won it in 1938, and I did it in ’62, he says: ‘We’re in a special club here. There’s only two of us in it.’.

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