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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French bougier, from Old French bougier, from Vulgar Latin *bullicāre (to bubble; seethe; move; stir), from Latin bullīre (to boil; seethe; roil).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /bʌdʒ/
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budge (third-person singular simple present budges, present participle budging, simple past and past participle budged)

  1. (intransitive) To move.
    I’ve been pushing this rock as hard as I can, but it won’t budge an inch.
  2. (transitive) To move.
    I’ve been pushing this rock as hard as I can, but I can’t budge it.
  3. To yield in one’s opinions or beliefs.
    The Minister for Finance refused to budge on the new economic rules.
  4. (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, western Canada) To cut or butt (in line); to join the front or middle rather than the back of a queue.
    Hey, no budging! Don't budge in line!
  5. To try to improve the spot of a decision on a sports field.
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Usage notes[edit]

In senses 1-3, most often used in negative senses (won't budge; refused to budge, but not usually Sure, I'll budge or Will he budge?); but see budge up.



budge (comparative more budge, superlative most budge)

  1. (obsolete) Brisk; stirring; jocund.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English bouge from Latin bulga (a leathern bag or knapsack). Doublet of bulge.


budge (uncountable)

  1. A kind of fur prepared from lambskin dressed with the wool on, formerly used as an edging and ornament, especially on scholastic habits.
    • 1649, John Milton, Observations
      They are become so liberal, as to part freely with their own budge-gowns from off their backs.}}


budge (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) austere or stiff, like scholastics
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for budge in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


  • budge at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • budge in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.