Adjective "nod" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Lower and raise one's head slightly and briefly, especially in greeting, assent, or understanding, or to give someone a signal.
  1. with object 'she nodded her head in agreement'
  2. 'She nodded in satisfaction and tossed a pretzel onto the middle of the table.'
  3. 'The little girl nodded solemnly, golden curls bouncing.'
  4. 'Ace nodded grimly in reply, still keeping his eyes ahead.'
  5. 'The girl nodded mutely, turned on her heel, and ran.'
  6. 'I winked, and he nodded with a big grin as I walked away.'
  7. 'Emily nodded slowly in agreement while kicking a box to the corner.'
  8. 'The boy nodded mutely, tears brimming in his eyes.'
  9. 'She nodded curtly in response, then turned back to where she was seated, gazing at the ocean.'
  10. 'He looked around nodding slightly with a light smile.'
  11. 'Quickly the car began to move, and Andrew nodded slightly in acknowledgement.'
  12. 'Today I nodded my greeting, but he avoided my gaze, and whizzed past with his son.'
  13. 'The teen girl nodded her understanding, and disappeared down the hallway.'
  14. 'He became quizzical yet some of them nodded their assent or what he took to be assent.'
  15. 'They only nodded their agreement, although deep in their hearts they rejected his idea.'
  16. 'You'll always find a chorus of people to nod agreement to your stupid charge.'
  17. 'When I ask her about this, McTeer nods her assent.'
  18. '‘It's a good time to be a scrum-half,’ Lawson insists and his rival nods his agreement.'
  19. 'Shields nods his agreement, but it is qualified.'
  20. 'With tingling anticipation the audience nodded its agreement that the card the girl had drawn on had indeed been decimated.'
  21. 'He glared down at Alex, who was nodding a greeting at the teacher and slipping his cell phone into his pocket.'
  22. 'the DTI nodded through the bid from Airtours'
  23. 'But he added that A-Levels were going the way of GCSEs in the sense that universities and companies were increasingly unlikely to look at candidates with less than a C, now that 24 out of 25 entries were nodded through.'
  24. 'She can nod the deal through; she can agree to the deal but ask for certain undertakings; or she can refer the matter to the Competition Commission.'
  25. 'So presumably the owners are hoping both councils will be as confused as I am about the boundary and nod it through anyway.'
  26. 'The expectation is that the board will nod them through.'
  27. 'he shut his eyes, nodding to the beat'
Let one's head fall forward when drowsy or asleep.
  1. 'Basic chores done, I gave up and went to sit in the kitchen, where I slumped in my chair, yawning and nodding.'
  2. 'scientific reason, like Homer, sometimes nods'
  3. 'Giles relaxed into a smile, nodding toward the guards.'
  4. 'Evan shook his head and straightened up, nodding toward the ramp.'
  5. 'He was nodding toward the booth of the Detroit Super Bowl Host Committee, which featured a couch and a fireplace.'
  6. 'Beck just nodded his head knowingly, before nodding toward Jesse, whose blonde bangs covered any expression his eyes were holding as they skimmed across the paper.'
  7. '‘Maybe he knows,’ Michael said, nodding toward a grumpy person standing at the foot of the bottom steps.'
  8. 'She nodded toward a corner of the room, where five chairs sat in a semi-circle around the fire.'
  9. 'I sighed quietly and looked over at Quinn, before slipping my hand from Jordan's and nodding toward the open door.'
  10. 'I glanced over my shoulder and he nodded toward the bank and I saw it was moving the wrong way.'
  11. 'She caught his gaze and held it evenly, nodding toward the gate.'
  12. '‘Oh, and look at that,’ he said, elbowing me and nodding toward a woman wearing tight ski pants.'
Head (the ball) without great force.
  1. 'County missed a glorious chance when defensive panic from a free-kick caused Gavin to nod the ball over the advancing Henderson.'
  2. 'Johnson sent in a looping cross from the right and Ferdinand beat two defenders to win the header and nod the ball down for Defoe.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'As Kahn clutched air, Barmby nodded the ball down for Michael Owen to fire home into an empty net.'
  5. 'Delgado chases a long ball from Mendez and nearly gets behind Baszczynski, but the defender finds an extra inch in a desperate final leap to nod the ball back to Boruc.'


An act of nodding the head.
  1. 'Simon gave Jacob a slow yet reassuring nod.'
  2. 'She did not even have to give the slightest of nods in reply.'
  3. 'He answered my father with a slight nod, his cold eyes never leaving my own.'
  4. 'After getting nods of agreement from Brad and Natasha, she opened the book.'
  5. 'Only after their new boss's back was turned did he look up and give Gina a quick acknowledging nod.'
  6. '‘Anytime,’ I replied, and gave her a slight nod as she departed in the opposite direction.'
  7. 'She gave the men a nod of thanks and quickly closed the door.'
  8. 'He just gave a quick and indifferent nod in her direction and walked past.'
  9. 'Nelson gave a curt nod of his head, and Morton picked up the mike at the plot table.'
  10. 'Amanda commented to Jenkins and received a curt nod of acknowledgement.'
  11. 'This may have been a statement that The Simpsons has survived, but I think instead it is a nod to all those cartoons that did not make it.'
  12. 'The deodorant and all the rest is merely a nod to convention.'
  13. 'I wouldn't be offended by dubbing, since the words are nothing but a nod to convention.'
  14. 'His most recent tattoo, across his lower back reads, with a nod to John Lennon: ‘All You Need Is Love’.'
  15. 'Virtually every guitar solo featured on their fourth studio album is a nod to the hard rock hair bands of the early '90s.'
  16. 'However, in a nod to modernity there is also a section in the competition for speciality entries allowing exotic variations involving puréed fruit, honey, caramel or whisky.'
  17. 'Hundreds of dancers took spectators on a glitzy trip through Italian history, with a nod to Botticelli, Fellini and Ferrari.'
  18. 'There even appears to be a nod to her own back pages in ‘Push’, which confirms Europe as a major musical influence.'
  19. 'A surprising twist in the film was the number of perfectly placed celebrity cameos, a nod to actors with failing careers who are hoping to steal a laugh.'
  20. 'It would indicate thoughtfulness and a nod to common sense.'

More definitions

1. to make a slight, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command.

2. to let the head fall slightly forward with a sudden, involuntary movement when sleepy.

3. to doze, especially in a sitting position: The speaker was so boring that half the audience was nodding.

4. to become careless, inattentive, or listless; make an error or mistake through lack of attention.

5. (of trees, flowers, plumes, etc.) to droop,

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be nod in/at/on heads."

"people can be nod."


Late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps of Low German origin; compare with Middle High German notten ‘move about, shake’. The noun dates from the mid 16th century.


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