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
Recent Examples of nerd from the Web
Baseball stat nerds, not missing a beat, immediately credited it with a launch angle of 29 degrees and an entrance velocity of 62 mph.
He might be best remembered for playing jock Stanley Gable in 'Revenge of the Nerds'.
The contest is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test as much as a nerd spelling match.
Serious cooks who revere produce; adventurers; foragers; design nerds — purely as an object, the book is stunning; and, well, definitely Mads Refslund, with whom Fox shares more than the usual chef’s disdain for waste.
Once upon a time, math geeks and computer nerds were considered totally uncool, what with their slide rules, pocket protectors and astonishing ability to get bonked in the nose with a fly ball to right field.
Like cosplay, the furry trend came out of nerd culture.
The people who made this animated scifi comedy are masters of nerd fan service.
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Of nerds, geeks, and dorks
Dork, when used to refer to a socially awkward or inept person, is a relatively recent word: our records indicate that it first appeared in writing in the 1960s. Two of its synonyms in this sense are likewise of fairly recent vintage. Nerd (typically used of a studious species of dork) dates from the 1950s; it was coined by Dr. Seuss in his 1950 book If I Ran the Zoo, although not in the sense that we use today. Geek became synonymous with nerd in the 1950s. Prior to this, the word referred to, among other things, a carnival performer who would bite the head off a live chicken, or other small animal, as part of an act.
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: 1951See Words from the same year
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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