[ nurd ]
/ nɜrd /

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noun Slang.

a person considered to be socially awkward, boring, unstylish, etc.
an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.
Sometimes nurd.

Origin of nerd

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; obscurely derived expressive formation

historical usage of nerd

See geek. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nerd



/ (nɜːd) /

noun slang

a boring or unpopular person, esp one obsessed with something specifieda computer nerd
a stupid and feeble person

Derived forms of nerd

nerdish or nurdish, adjectivenerdy or nurdy, adjective
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