Synonyms for Nudge:

n.

strain, thrust aside, shoulder, touch, jar. creep, drop back, meander, dawdle, fall behind, ease, crawl, trail, drift. prodding. act (noun)
jog.
nudge (noun)
jog, prod, poke at.
tap (noun)
touch.

v.

bump, elbow (verb)
punch, prod, touch, shove, push, jog, poke.
contact (verb)
poke at, touch, prod.
indicate (verb)
motion, notify, brand, gesticulate, designate, alert, stamp, note, shrug, gesture, tag, wink, guide, prompt, mark, point, betoken, beckon, point out, flag, signal, cue, label, denote, indicate, ticket, symbolize, wave, nod.
motivate (verb)
throw, launch, catapult, ram, propel, hurl, hurtle, stimulate, trigger, heave, hasten, lob, move, motivate, force, ferment, instigate, shoot, encourage, jostle, magnetize, impel, entice, fire, energize, goad, inspire, foment, urge, drive, induce, fling, provoke.

Other synonyms:

poke at
prod.
Other relevant words:
poke at, ease, drift, prodding, crawl, spur, dawdle, urge on, touch, creep, strain, trail, persuade, meander, jar, shoulder, prevail on, convince.

Usage examples for nudge

  1. Hereupon Aby gave his father a nudge but the father either did not appreciate the nudge or did not choose to obey it. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. Olimpia needed no nudge from the Captain to tell her who this noble rider might be. – Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso by Maurice Henry Hewlett