[noo d-nik]

noun Slang.

a persistently dull, boring pest.

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. 2019

Related Words for nudnik

headache, nuisance, pest, schmo, nudnik

British Dictionary definitions for nudnik



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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