Nimrod

[ nim-rod ]
/ ˈnɪm rɒd /
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noun

the great-grandson of Noah: noted as a great hunter. Gen. 10:8–10.
(sometimes lowercase) a person expert in or devoted to hunting.

Related formsNim·rod·i·an, Nim·rod·ic, Nim·rod·i·cal, adjective

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Nimrod

/ (ˈnɪmrɒd) /

noun

Old Testament a hunter, who was famous for his prowess (Genesis 10:8–9)Douay spelling: Nemrod
a person who is dedicated to or skilled in hunting
Derived FormsNimrodian or Nimrodic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for nimrod

Nimrod

"great hunter," 1712, a reference to the biblical son of Cush, referred to (Gen. x:8-9) as "a mighty hunter before the Lord." It came to mean "geek, klutz" by 1983 in teenager slang, for unknown reasons. (Amateur theories include its occasional use in "Bugs Bunny" cartoon episodes featuring rabbit-hunting Elmer Fudd as a foil; its possible ironic use, among hunters, for a clumsy member of their fraternity; or a stereotype of deer hunters by the non-hunting population in the U.S.)

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