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nerd

[nurd] /nɜrd/
noun, Slang.
1.
a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.
2.
an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit:
a computer nerd.
Also, nurd.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65, Americanism; obscurely derived expressive formation
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Examples for nerds
  • nerds are often portrayed as unfit and either obese or very thin.
British Dictionary definitions for nerds

nerd

/nɜːd/
noun (slang)
1.
a boring or unpopular person, esp one obsessed with something specified a computer nerd
2.
a stupid and feeble person
Derived Forms
nerdish, nurdish, adjective
nerdy, nurdy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for nerds

nerd

n.

1951, U.S. student slang, probably an alteration of 1940s slang nert "stupid or crazy person," itself an alteration of nut. The word turns up in a Dr. Seuss book from 1950 ("If I Ran the Zoo"), which may have contributed to its rise.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nerds

nerd

modifier

: Norton represents a new type of American rich person: the nerd tycoon/ a mix between journalism and nerd heaven, with its sophisticated desktop equipment and absence of paper

noun
  1. (also nerdboy or nurd) A tedious, contemptible person; dork, dweeb, jerk: In Detroit, someone who once would be called a drip or a square is now, regrettably a nerd, or in a less severe case, a scurve/ What about a total dweeb? Yup. Geek? Yup. Nerdboy? Yup. (1951+ Teenagers)
  2. An over-studious person, esp a computer devotee, usually pictured with horn-rimmed spectacles and often buck teeth: She's definitely a word nerd •In some uses nearly synonymous with ''hacker'' (1980s+ Students)

[probably fr the 1950 children's book If I Ran the Zoo, by ''Dr. Seuss,'' where a nerd is one of the desired animals]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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