Ned Definition

ned
noun
A masculine name.
Webster's New World
(Scotland, slang, pejorative, offensive) A person, usually a youth, of low social standing and education, a violent disposition and with a particular style of dress (typically sportswear or Burberry), speech and behaviour.
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New English Dictionary.
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pronoun

A medieval diminutive of the male given name Edward.

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Other Word Forms of Ned

Noun

Singular:
Ned
Plural:
neds

Origin of Ned

  • Unknown. Widely, though incorrectly, believed to be an acronym for "Non-Educated [sic] Delinquent" although this is in fact a backronym and folk etymology. Several other suggestions include a contraction of ne'er-do-well, neanderthal, and some kind of relationship with Teddy Boy although its use much predates the 1950s origin of that phrase. Ostensibly unrelated to "Ned" as a diminutive of the personal name "Edward" but the Scottish use of 'ned' for hooligan or lout is cited by the Oxford English Dictionary as dating from the early 19th century. The OED also attributes a possible derivation from the 'Edward' diminutive.

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