Meaning of NOD in English


I. ˈnäd verb

( nod·ded ; nod·ding )

Etymology: Middle English nodden; perhaps akin to Old High German hnotōn to shake

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

1. : to make a quick downward motion of the head whether deliberately (as in expressing assent or salutation) or involuntarily (as from drowsiness)

2. : to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall

3. : to bend or sway the upper part gently downward or forward : bob gently

4. : to make a slip or error in a moment of abstraction

transitive verb

1. : to incline (as the head) downward or forward

2. : to bring, invite, or send by a nod

nodded us in

3. : to signify by a nod

nodded their approval

• nod·der noun

II. noun

Date: circa 1541

1. : the act or an instance of nodding

gave a nod of greeting

2. : an indication especially of approval or recognition

received the party's nod as candidate for governor

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.