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Circa 17th century, Scandinavian. Compare Norwegian nugge, nyggje "to jostle, rub;" Icelandic nugga "to rub, massage".



nudge (plural nudges)

  1. A gentle push.
  2. (Internet) A feature of instant messaging software used to get the attention of another user, as by shaking the conversation window or playing a sound.
  3. (fruit machines) The rotation by one step of a reel of the player's choice.
    Since the machine was showing two lemons and a cherry, I decided to try a nudge.

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nudge (third-person singular simple present nudges, present participle nudging, simple past and past participle nudged)

  1. (transitive) To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal.
    • 2012 January 1, Steven Sloman, “The Battle Between Intuition and Deliberation”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 74:
      Libertarian paternalism is the view that, because the way options are presented to citizens affects what they choose, society should present options in a way that “nudges” our intuitive selves to make choices that are more consistent with what our more deliberative selves would have chosen if they were in control.
  2. (transitive) To near or come close to something.


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