Definition of nod in English:
verb (nods, nodding, nodded)
- Stifling another giggle, she only nods her agreement, unable to voice her assent.
- He became quizzical yet some of them nodded their assent or what he took to be assent.
- When I ask her about this, McTeer nods her assent.
- She nodded toward a corner of the room, where five chairs sat in a semi-circle around the fire.
- I sighed quietly and looked over at Quinn, before slipping my hand from Jordan's and nodding toward the open door.
- ‘Oh, and look at that,’ he said, elbowing me and nodding toward a woman wearing tight ski pants.
- 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.
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- 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.
- The deodorant and all the rest is merely a nod to convention.
- I wouldn't be offended by dubbing, since the words are nothing but a nod to convention.
- It would indicate thoughtfulness and a nod to common sense.
The word nod came into English from German. The proverb a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse, now usually ‘a nod's as good as a wink’, is first recorded in a letter written in 1793. The use of a nod and a wink to mean ‘a hint or suggestion’ is first found in 1710, several decades earlier than the proverb: it seems that the ‘blind horse’ was tacked on to the original phrase for fun.
a nodding acquaintance
- A slight acquaintance with a person or cursory knowledge of a subject: students will need a nodding acquaintance with three other languagesMore example sentences
- Now, I would have thought that anyone who has had even a nodding acquaintance with Econ 101 would have figured that as the most natural outcome of market integration.
- But I was hesitant to do that because, frankly, some of the news these days looks to have little more than a nodding acquaintance with reality and doesn't make any coherent sense to me at all.
- Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
even Homer nods
- proverb Even the best person sometimes makes a mistake due to a momentary lack of alertness or attention.[with allusion to Latin dormitat Homerus (Horace Ars Poetica 359)]Example sentences
- Well, even Homer nods, and what Eliot gives is sufficient to evoke the lines he has in mind.
- But even Homer nods, and so does Nabokov, and to build whole-scale interpretations on details that seem much more explicable as errors is fraught with danger.
- But even Homer nods, and Justice White penned a Brennanesque whopper in Garner.
get the nod
- If Mary gets the nod from the Irish selectors it will be her first Senior international and a wonderful achievement for this young athlete.
- In fact, it even got the nod as the speculative selection in the first edition of our value newsletter.
- Abbott filed for Food & Drug Administration approval in April and is hoping to get the nod in the first quarter of 2003.
give someone/something the nod
- The Abbotstown racecourse project, which looked dead in the water when Dundalk was given the nod for Ireland's first all-weather track, is deliberately being kept alive by Horse Racing Ireland.
- If Glasgow is given the nod over Edinburgh, it makes it more likely that tourists from eastern Scotland will have to continue travelling through to the west of Scotland for many destinations and chartered flights.
- So far, things are looking distinctly Brokeback Mountain coloured, after the film was given the nod by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Golden Globes and the Producers Guild Of America.
- But until you are given the nod, there is nothing you can do.
- But then, about 20-30 minutes later (or however long it was - time really had no meaning to me by this stage), we were given the nod.
- Mr Oxley said that £30,000 was already in the bank and the council had been given the nod that other funding was on the way to make up the rest of the costs.
on the nod informal
- The item was not actually discussed but instead went through on the nod.
- 'You never hear about the ones that go through on the nod,' he says.
- Turning for home Vintage Storm was joined by All the Swallows and it was nip and tuck all the way to the finish with Vintage Storm winning on the nod by a head in 29.84.
- informal Fall asleep, especially briefly or unintentionally: some of the congregation nodded off during the sermonMore example sentences
- The road continues to unwind, and Frank nods off briefly, before snapping awake after a close call.
- I ate a light breakfast and nodded off to asleep again, sleepy from the previous night's restlessness.
- The defendant is very sorry for causing the fatal accident, Your Honour, it was unintentional, he nodded off whilst driving.
- informal Fall asleep, especially from the effects of a drug: they go to a coffee shop, get stoned, go to a club at 11, and nod out at midnightMore example sentences
- There was a story out today, I don't know if you heard it, Nancy, is that apparently this woman is a frequent abuser of some drugs and frequently nods out and does some other things…
- Every time he paused for dramatic effect, I was afraid he was going to nod out on the podium and start drooling on the teleprompter.
- Sometimes when he's nodding out, and I have to leave him a note about something really heavy going down, I just clip it to a refrigerator magnet and pop it right onto that garage door opener.
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