Definition of nerd
: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits <computer nerds> < … single-minded math and science nerds … — Anna Quindlen>
nerdinessplay \ˈnər-dē-nəs\ noun
nerdishplay \ˈnər-dish\ adjective
nerdyplay \ˈnər-dē\ adjective
Examples of nerd in a sentence
He dresses like a nerd.
<was such a nerd in college that she spent Saturday nights at the library>
Origin and Etymology 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
NERD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nerd for English Language Learners
: 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.
NERD Defined for Kids
Definition of nerd for Students
1 : a person who is socially awkward, unattractive, or not fashionable
2 : a person who is extremely interested in technical or intellectual subjects
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