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nudge 1

tr.v. nudged, nudg·ing, nudg·es
1. To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal.
2. To come close to; near: "The temperature was nudging 105 degrees in the shade" (Scouting).
A gentle push.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin.]

nudg′er n.

nudge 2

 (no͝oj) Informal
n. & v.
Variant of noodge.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nudger - someone who nudges; someone who gives a gentle push; "he needs a regular nudger to keep him awake"
shover, pusher - someone who pushes
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