To nudge someone is to push them gently in the direction that you want them to go. You might use nudging to get someone to move out of the way, or to get them to do something that you want them to do.

  • He nudged her gently and she moved out of the way.

  • The teacher nudged the student in the direction of the answer sheet.

Definition of nudging


To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal.


To near or come close to something.


The act of giving a nudge; pushing, touching.


Hinting or influencing people's choices (according to nudge theory); softly controlling.

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Example Sentences for nudging

  • 1

    Thanks for the nudge and the ideas.

  • 2

    I appreciate the nudge.

  • 3

    She gave him a nudge.

  • 4

    Thanks for the nudge, and for fixing the formatting.

  • 5

    They nudge, jostle, and even bite for food.

  • 6

    We're trying to nudge the organization in the right direction.

  • 7

    Thank you for nudging me to extemporize on my speech.

  • 8

    The Times later acknowledged that no nudge was visible on the broadcast tape.

  • 9

    I was trying to help the OP and nudge him in the right direction.

  • 10

    Gods nudge the affairs of mortals as the scene is set for further battles.