Definition of nudnik
: a person who is a bore or nuisance
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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
Did You Know?
The suffix -nik came to English through Yiddish (and ultimately from Polish and Ukrainian). It means "one connected with or characterized by being." You might be familiar with "beatnik," "computernik," or "neatnik," but what about "no-goodnik" or "allrightnik"? The suffix -nik is frequently used in English to create nonce words that are often jocular 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."
Origin and Etymology of nudnik
Yiddish nudnik, from nudyen to bore, from Polish nudzić, from nuda boredom
First Known Use: 1916See Words from the same year
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