noun \ˈnərd\

: a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.

: a person who is very interested in technical subjects, computers, etc.

Full Definition of NERD

:  an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially :  one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits <computer nerds>
nerd·i·ness \ˈnər-dē-nəs\ noun
nerd·ish \ˈnər-dish\ adjective
nerdy \-dē\ adjective

Examples of NERD

  1. He dresses like a nerd.
  2. <was such a nerd in college that she spent Saturday nights at the library>

Origin of NERD

perhaps from nerd, a creature in the children's book If I Ran the Zoo (1950) by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
First Known Use: 1951

Rhymes with NERD

NERD Defined for Kids


noun \ˈnərd\

Definition of NERD for Kids

:  a person who is socially awkward, unattractive, or not fashionable
:  a person who is extremely interested in technical or intellectual subjects
nerdy \ˈnər-dē\ adjective


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