Nerd definition

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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.

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(slang, sometimes derogatory) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted.
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(informal, sometimes derogatory) One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something.

A computer nerd.

A comic-book nerd.

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(informal) A person regarded as socially dull, unsophisticated, awkward, etc., specif., as from being preoccupied with schoolwork, an intellectual hobby, etc.
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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.
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A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
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A person who likes technical and scientific work and is typically introspective and sometimes antisocial. The origin of the term is sometimes attributed to an angry little man in Dr. Seuss's book "If I Ran the Zoo" in 1950. After the huge number of high-tech success stories in the 1990s, nerds made quite a leap forward in the social pecking order. The terms "nerd" and "geek" are used synonymously. See geek, nerd bird, entreprenerd and Nerd Street.
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(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?

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A foolish, inept, or unattractive person.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nerd
Plural:
nerds

Origin of nerd

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The word, capitalized, appeared in 1950 in Dr. Seuss's If I Ran the Zoo as the name of an imaginary animal:

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps an alteration of nerts (“nuts", "crazy"); see references below.

    From Wiktionary

  • Various unlikely folk etymologies and less likely backronymic speculations also exist.

    From Wiktionary