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.
We nerds, especially, with our inherent distrust of social situations, love to make “the press” the enemy of our heroes.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech | Arthur Chu | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One wag joked that Liberty was the only university where football players and nerds got the same amount of sex.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College | Michael Daly | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I hang out with artsy theater people, with angry political activists, and with nerds of all stripes.It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry? | Arthur Chu | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And that evening it created the scene of hardcore hip-hop heads mingling with comic nerds.Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment | Daniel Genis | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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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