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American English: /nɑd/
British English: /nɒd/

Translation of nod in Spanish:


  • he greeted her with a nod
    la saludó con la cabeza
    she gave a nod of agreement he gave a nod and we set off
    me hizo una señal con la cabeza y nos fuimos
    a nod and a winkhe didn't say I could, but he gave me a nod and a wink
    no me dijo que sí, pero me lo dio a entender
    to be passed on the nod (British)
    ser aprobado sin debate
    to give somebody/something the nod
    darle luz verde a alguien/algo
    a nod is as good as a wink (to a blind man or horse)
    a buen entendedor pocas palabras (bastan)
    Example sentences
    • He answered my father with a slight nod, his cold eyes never leaving my own.
    • ‘Yes,’ she said with a slight nod and as she started backing slowly away.
    • Alexis returned the embrace and agreed with the slight nod of her head.

transitive verb present participle nodding past tense, past participle nodded

  • 2 (Sport)
    Example sentences
    • He swung in a cross which Walker failed to cut out and the Zimbabwe player nodded the ball into an empty net from two yards.
    • He nodded the ball down only for the goalkeeper to stick out a hand and paw it away.
    • County missed a glorious chance when defensive panic from a free-kick caused Gavin to nod the ball over the advancing Henderson.

intransitive verb present participle nodding past tense, past participle nodded

  • 1 (dip head) she smiled at me and I nodded to her
    me sonrió y la saludé con la cabeza
    they nodded in assent
    asintieron con la cabeza
    she nodded to me to sit down
    me indicó con la cabeza que me sentara
    the poppies were nodding in the breeze
    las amapolas se mecían con la brisa [literary]
    Example sentences
    • Emily nodded slowly in agreement while kicking a box to the corner.
    • The boy nodded mutely, tears brimming in his eyes.
    • Unable to resist his charm and devastating smile, Blair nodded mutely in response.
  • 2
    also: nodding present participle
    we're on nodding terms
    nos conocemos de vista
    nos saludamos, pero nada más
    I have only a nodding acquaintance with Chaucer's work
    solo tengo un conocimiento superficial de la obra de Chaucer
  • 3 (drowse)
    dar cabezadas
    Example sentences
    • Basic chores done, I gave up and went to sit in the kitchen, where I slumped in my chair, yawning and nodding.
    • It's quiet, the woman's out, the kid's asleep, and I am nodding over a notebook and tea, wearing fuzzy slippers.

Phrasal verbs

nod off

verb + adverb
quedarse dormido
I must have nodded off
me debo (de) haber (quedado) dormido
he kept nodding off throughout the film
pasó cabeceando toda la película

nod through

verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb
ser aprobado sin debate or discusión
ser aprobado sin (someterse a) votación
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