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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.
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Origin of -nik
<Yiddish (cf. nudnik) <Slavic: a personal suffix in Slavic languages in contact with Yiddish
Words nearby -nik
Niigata, Niihau, Nijinsky, Nijinsky, Vaslav, Nijmegen, -nik, Nikaria, nikau, Nike, Nike Hercules, Nikkei
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How to use -nik in a sentence
So, tell me Nik, how are you preparing mentally for this walk?Nik Wallenda Will Tightrope Walk Across the Grand Canyon, and He’s Not Even Nervous|Anna Brand|June 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nik Wallenda is set to be the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.Nik Wallenda Will Tightrope Walk Across the Grand Canyon, and He’s Not Even Nervous|Anna Brand|June 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But that no-fun-nik Rick Perry came out today against the idea.Self-Deportation, Democrat Style|Michael Tomasky|November 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Rhinichthys, rī-nik′this, n. a North American genus of cyprinoid fishes.
At the end of the room stood now a huge archaic Nik, with outstretched peplum and soaring wings.
He turned joyously, his young figure finely caught in the light of Elizabeth's lamp against the background of the Nik.
The wood fire glowed on the hearth, and its ruddy light was on the face of the Nik, and its solemn outstretched wings.
Splanchnic, splangk′nik, adj. relating to the viscera, intestinal.
British Dictionary definitions for -nik
suffix forming nouns
denoting a person associated with a specified state, belief, or qualitybeatnik; refusenik
Word Origin for -nik
C20: from Russian -nik, as in Sputnik, and influenced by Yiddish -nik (agent suffix)
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