nod out

This page is about the slang term nod out

American and Australian English


to go unconscious after taking a narcotic drug like heroin

For example

  • After injecting some heroin, Wayne's head slowly drooped forward as he nodded out.

  • The most dangerous time for a heroin user is when they nod out. If no-one is there to wake them up, they can go unconscious and die.


This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Kenny was sitting in his chair nodding out because he'd

a. taken some heroin

b. eaten some noodles

c. drunk some coffee

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Contributor: Matt Errey