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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from French bouger.

Alternative forms[edit]



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.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll not budge an inch, boy.
    • 2014, Jacob Steinberg, "Wigan shock Manchester City in FA Cup again to reach semi-finals", The Guardian, 9 March 2014:
      Yet goals in either half from Jordi Gómez and James Perch inspired them and then, in the face of a relentless City onslaught, they simply would not budge, throwing heart, body and soul in the way of a ball which seemed destined for their net on several occasions.
  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. To try to improve the spot of a decision on a sports field.

(Can we add an example for this sense?)

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budge (comparative more budge, superlative most budge)

  1. (obsolete) Brisk; stirring; jocund.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of South to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

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


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.
    • Milton
      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
    • Milton
      Those budge doctors of the stoic fur.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.