[noo d-nik]
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Origin of nudnik

1945–50, Americanism; < Yiddish, equivalent to nud- base of nudyen (see nudge2) + -nik -nik Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for nudnik

headache, nuisance, pest, schmo, nudnik

British Dictionary definitions for nudnik


  1. US informal an annoying or boring person

Word Origin for nudnik

C20: from Yiddish nudyen to bore + -nik
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Word Origin and History for nudnik

1947, from Yiddish, with agential suffix -nik + Polish nuda "boredom" or Russian nudnyi "tedious, boring," from Old Church Slavonic *nauda-, from PIE *neuti- "need" from root *nau- "death, to be exhausted" (see need (n.)).

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