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Poindexter

noun

a person who is intelligent but socially inept; a nerd

Word Origin

either from "Felix the Cat" or "Revenge of the Nerds"

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  • poindexter had told her it was four miles to the shanty; she might walk there.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • She said this so naturally and quietly that poindexter was deceived.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • From your husband you may learn why a Cadwalader can never find his happiness with a poindexter.

    The Circular Study Anna Katharine Green
  • For the moment she hated poindexter for sharing that secret.

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  • Did poindexter know it, or had he only entrapped her into the admission?

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
Word Origin and History for poindexter
n.

"nerdy intellectual," by 1986, U.S. teenager slang, from the character Poindexter, introduced 1959 in the made-for-TV cartoon version of "Felix the Cat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for poindexter

poindexter

noun

An overly studious person; merv, nerd, pencil neck (1980s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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