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Etymology 1Edit

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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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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William 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. (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.
    • (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 2Edit

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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John 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
    • (Can we date this quote?) John 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.
(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