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a person who is intelligent but socially inept; a nerd

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either from "Felix the Cat" or "Revenge of the Nerds"'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • She said this so naturally and quietly that poindexter was deceived.

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

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  • For the moment she hated poindexter for sharing that secret.

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  • She tried to recall poindexter's words, even her own enthusiasm, but in vain.

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

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Word Origin and History for poindexter

"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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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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