nudnik

[ noo d-nik ]
/ ˈnʊd nɪk /

noun Slang.

a persistently dull, boring pest.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. nudicaul,
  2. nudie,
  3. nudism,
  4. nudist,
  5. nudity,
  6. nudum pactum,
  7. nudzh,
  8. nueces,
  9. nuer,
  10. nueva gerona

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

nudnik

/ (ˈnʌdnɪk) /

noun

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

nudnik

n.

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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