a single-minded person obsessed with a hobby or pursuit or with a particular topic: My 13-year-old son is a computer nerd. I joined a book club and discovered another Jane Austen nerd.
a person considered to be socially awkward, boring, unstylish, etc.
to spend inordinate amounts of time, attention, energy, enthusiasm, etc., on an activity or topic of special interest to oneself; geek: I enjoy samurai movies, nerding about samurai movies, and the occasional slice of cake.Don't cross the street while you're nerding on your phone—you're likely to get hit!
nerd out, to engage with excessive enthusiasm in a hobby or in discussion about a topic of special interest to oneself: Back in the day, I nerded out hardcore over baseball cards.We sat there for half an hour while she nerded out on the metaphysical poets.
nerd up, to alter or be altered in a way that shows excessive enthusiasm for a special interest: He appears in that film nerded up as a philosophy genius.I'm going to nerd up my office with these five Charlie Chaplin posters.Wow, this simple conversation about cheese sure nerded up fast!
Idioms about nerd
nerd it up, to indulge oneself without restraint in a hobby, game, etc., in which one has an obsessive interest: Looking forward to nerding it up with everybody on Comic Trading Day at the store!
- Rarely nurd .
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How to use nerd in a sentence
nerd Cruise By Adam Rogers, Wired What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling.
In one of the most distressing events of the year, nerd entitlement hit 100.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014 | The Daily Beast | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Being mad about growing up an embittered, socially isolated nerd.From Socially Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy: A Thank You Note | Arthur Chu | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And this big box that encloses him is only an exaggeration of his regular nerd-dandy clothes.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession | Pauline Kael | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For some nerd-industry journalists, this is more than they can bear.
She was gaunt and tall and geeky and talked like an engineer, with the nerd accent.Makers | Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for nerd
a boring or unpopular person, esp one obsessed with something specified: a computer nerd
a stupid and feeble person
- nerdish or nurdish, adjective
- nerdy or nurdy, adjective
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