from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move or stir slightly: The trapped child was stuck tight and couldn't budge.
  • intransitive v. To alter a position or attitude: had made the decision and wouldn't budge.
  • transitive v. To cause to move slightly.
  • transitive v. To cause to alter a position or attitude: an adamant critic who couldn't be budged.
  • n. Fur made from lambskin dressed with the wool outside, formerly used to trim academic robes.
  • adj. Archaic Overformal; pompous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of fur prepared from lambskin dressed with the wool on, formerly used as an edging and ornament, especially on scholastic habits.
  • adj. austere or stiff, like scholastics
  • v. To move.
  • v. To move.
  • v. To yield in one’s opinions or beliefs.
  • v. To try to improve the spot of a decision on a sports field.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Brisk; stirring; jocund.
  • adj. Lined with budge; hence, scholastic.
  • adj. Austere or stiff, like scholastics.
  • n. A kind of fur prepared from lambskin dressed with the wool on; -- used formerly as an edging and ornament, esp. of scholastic habits.
  • intransitive v. To move off; to stir; to walk away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move; stir; change position; give way: now usually with a negative, implying stubborn resistance to pressure.
  • To move; stir; change the position of.
  • Brisk; jocund.
  • n. A leathern bag.
  • n. Lambskin dressed with the wool outward, much used in the Elizabethan era and since as an inexpensive fur for the edging of garments.
  • n. Same as budge-barrel.
  • [⟨ budge, 2.] Trimmed or adorned with budge (see I., 2): as, “budge gowns,”
  • Scholastic; pedantic; austere; surly; stiff; formal: as, “budge doctors,”
  • n. One who slips into a house or shop to steal cloaks, etc.; a sneak-thief.
  • n. Same as booze.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move very slightly
  • n. United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000)


Old French bouger, from Vulgar Latin *bullicāre, to bubble, from Latin bullīre, to boil.
Middle English bouge, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin bugia, probably from Latin bulga, leather bag; see budget.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bouger. (Wiktionary)
From Latin bulga ("a leathern bag or knapsack"). (Wiktionary)



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  • besides meaning to stir,move also means lambskin dressed outward and this lead usage to an adjective budge that means pompous, pendantic and stiff

    February 8, 2013

  • O foolishnes of men! that find their ears
    To those budge doctors of the Stoick Furr,
    And fetch their precepts from the Cynick Tub,
    Praising the lean and sallow Abstinence.

    Milton, Comus

    December 16, 2006