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-nik

1.
a suffix of nouns that refer, usually derogatorily, to persons who support or are concerned or associated with a particular political cause or group, cultural attitude, or the like:
beatnik, filmnik; no-goodnik; peacenik.
Origin of -nik
< Yiddish (cf. nudnik) < Slavic: a personal suffix in Slavic languages in contact with Yiddish
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  • nik Leka's brother walked off with the letter for Ali Bey at midnight.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • This nik Leka had a little adventure recently in the bazaar of Scutari.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • Meanwhile nik Leka looked on benignantly as he put away the cakes in a way that surprised us.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • Now nik Leka's brother has also brought this news from Gussinje.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • At the end of the room stood now a huge archaic nik, with outstretched peplum and soaring wings.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  • nik Leka has one vanity—he likes to be called a diplomatist.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • Lychnic, lik′nik, n. a part of the vespers of the Greek Church on the occasion of a vigil.

  • So he had again sent for the local nik, and charged him to assure all of his sympathy and sorrow.

    Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for nik

-nik

suffix
1.
denoting a person associated with a specified state, belief, or quality: beatnik, refusenik
Word Origin
C20: from Russian -nik, as in Sputnik, and influenced by Yiddish -nik (agent suffix)
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Word Origin and History for nik

-nik

as in beatnik, etc., suffix used in word formation from c.1945, from Yiddish -nik (cf. nudnik "a bore"), from Russian -nik, common personal suffix meaning "person or thing associated with or involved in" (cf. nudnik; kolkhoznik "member of a kolkhoz"). Rocketed to popularity with sputnik (q.v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for nik

-nik

suffix

used to form nouns A person involved in, described by, or doing what is indicated: beatnik/ computernik/ peacenik/ no-goodnik

[1940s+; fr Yiddish fr Russian and other Slavic languages]

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Related Abbreviations for nik

NIK

Nickelodeon channel
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