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nerd

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noun \ˈnərd\

Simple Definition of nerd

  • : 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

  1. :  an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially :  one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits <computer nerds>

nerd·i·ness play \ˈnər-dē-nəs\ noun
nerd·ish play \ˈnər-dish\ adjective
nerdy play \-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



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