nud·​nik ˈnu̇d-nik How to pronounce nudnik (audio)
variants or less commonly nudnick
: a person who is a bore or nuisance

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The suffix -nik, meaning “one connected with or characterized by being,” came to English through Yiddish (and ultimately from Polish and Ukrainian). You might know it from such words as beatnik, peacenik, neatnik, or even no-goodnik. The suffix -nik is frequently used in English to create nonce words that are often playfully jokey or slightly derogatory. Some theorize that the popularity of the suffix was enhanced by Russian Sputnik, as well as Al Capp's frequent use of -nik words in his L'il Abner cartoons. The nud- of the Yiddish borrowing nudnik ultimately comes from the Polish word nuda, meaning “boredom.”

Examples of nudnik in a Sentence

dreads family gatherings, as that nudnik of a brother-in-law is always sure to be there nobody wants to hang around with that nudnik—all he wants to do is talk shop
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Word History


Yiddish nudnik, from nudyen to bore, from Polish nudzić, from nuda boredom

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nudnik was in 1916


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“Nudnik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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