follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

Nimrod

[nim-rod] /ˈnɪm rɒd/
noun
1.
the great-grandson of Noah: noted as a great hunter. Gen. 10:8–10.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a person expert in or devoted to hunting.
Related forms
Nimrodian, Nimrodic, Nimrodical, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for nimrodic

Nimrod

/ˈnɪmrɒd/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) a hunter, who was famous for his prowess (Genesis 10:8–9) Douay spelling Nemrod
2.
a person who is dedicated to or skilled in hunting
Derived Forms
Nimrodian, Nimrodic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for nimrodic

Nimrod

"great hunter," 1712, a reference to the biblical son of Cush, referred to (Gen. x:8-9) as "a mighty hunter before the Lord." It came to mean "geek, klutz" by 1983 in teenager slang, for unknown reasons. (Amateur theories include its occasional use in "Bugs Bunny" cartoon episodes featuring rabbit-hunting Elmer Fudd as a foil; its possible ironic use, among hunters, for a clumsy member of their fraternity; or a stereotype of deer hunters by the non-hunting population in the U.S.)

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for nimrodic

nimrod

noun

: Of course, there's always the middle ground, reserved for friends who commit a blunder. For these, we have ''nimrod,'' ''klutz,'' and ''geek''

[1980s+ Teenagers; fr the name of Nimrod, the ''mighty hunter before the Lord'' in Genesis]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
nimrodic in the Bible

firm, a descendant of Cush, the son of Ham. He was the first who claimed to be a "mighty one in the earth." Babel was the beginning of his kingdom, which he gradually enlarged (Gen. 10:8-10). The "land of Nimrod" (Micah 5:6) is a designation of Assyria or of Shinar, which is a part of it.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for nimrodic

Nimrod

legendary biblical figure, described in Gen. 10:8-12 as "the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord." The only other references to Nimrod in the Old Testament are Mic. 5:6, where Assyria is called the land of Nimrod, and I Chron. 1:10. The beginning of his kingdom is said in Genesis to be Babel, Erech, and Akkad in the land of Shinar. Nimrod is said to have built Nineveh, Calah (modern Nimrud), Rehoboth-Ir, and Resen. There is some consensus among biblical scholars that the mention of Nimrod in Genesis is a reference not to an individual but to an ancient people in Mesopotamia

Learn more about Nimrod with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Nimrod

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nimrodic

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for nimrodic