probably ultimately from Nuer naað, a self-designation
First Known Use: 1861
People of the marsh and savanna living on both banks of the Nile River in southern Sudan. They speak an Eastern Sudanic language of the Nilo-Saharan family. The Nuer are cattle-raising people who also cultivate millet and spear fish. They spend the rainy season in permanent villages on the higher ground and the dry season in riverside camps. Feuding between clans is common, as is warfare with the Dinka. They number 1.5 million. See alsoNilot.