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[noo d-nik]
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noun Slang.
  1. a persistently dull, boring pest.
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Origin of nudnik

1945–50, Americanism; < Yiddish, equivalent to nud- base of nudyen (see nudge2) + -nik -nik
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British Dictionary definitions for nudnik


  1. US informal an annoying or boring person
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Word Origin

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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