nudnik

nudnik

[nood-nik]
noun Slang.
a persistently dull, boring pest.

Origin:
1945–50, Americanism; < Yiddish, equivalent to nud- base of nudyen (see nudge2) + -nik -nik

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nudnik (ˈnʌdnɪk)
 
n
informal (US) an annoying or boring person
 
[C20: from Yiddish nudyen to bore + -nik]

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nudnik
1947, from Yiddish, with agential suffix -nik (q.v.) + Pol. nuda "boredom" or Rus. nudnyi "tedious, boring," from O.C.S. *nauda-, from PIE *neuti- "need" from root *nau- "death, to be exhausted" (see need).
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