- Nerd is a slang term for a socially awkward person who excels in science or technology.
An example of a nerd is someone who prefers to be alone working on his computer or doing his schoolwork and is not interested in spending his time in a party sitution with people he does not know.
A cute young nerd.
Origin of nerduncertain or unknown; perhaps rhyming slang for turd
- A foolish, inept, or unattractive person.
- A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
Origin of nerdOrigin unknown.
- (slang, sometimes derogatory) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted
- (informal, sometimes derogatory) One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something.
- a computer nerd
- a comic-book nerd
- (slang, always derogatory) An unattractive, socially awkward, annoying, undesirable, and/or boring, person; a dork.
- Only a nerd would wear yellow and blue stripes with green pants
- Nerds seem to have fun with each other, but in a way that causes others to laugh AT them.
- Why are you hanging out with that nerd?
Unknown. Attested since 1951 as US student slang.
- Perhaps an alteration of nerts (“nuts", "crazy”); see references below.
- The word, capitalized, appeared in 1950 in Dr. Seuss’s If I Ran the Zoo as the name of an imaginary animal:
- And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Katroo / And bring back an It-Kutch, a Preep and a Proo, / A Nerkle, a Nerd and a Seersucker too!
- Various unlikely folk etymologies and less likely backronymic speculations also exist.
nerd - Computer Definition
Someone, usually a techie gone over the edge, who is so overly intellectual and abstruse as to be regarded as socially inept, unsophisticated, awkward, unattractive, or otherwise exceedingly obnoxious, odd, or unpleasant.The word first appeared in Dr. Seuss's book If I Ran the Zoo (1950) as the name of an imaginary animal. In the book, the narrator Gerald McGrew plans to collect a number of imaginary animals for his imaginary zoo. McGrew states, "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo And Bring Back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!". A good techie can be invaluable. A nerd can also be invaluable, even though obnoxious. See also geek and techie.