(Australia, pejorative, usually restricted to youths) A person, usually male, who is unpopular with their peers, unfashionable, socially awkward and/or introverted.
He's such a Nigel: Hangs around in the library all day, by himself.
Other Word Forms
Origin of nigel
English form of LatinNigellus, from nigellus, diminutive of niger (“black”), used in the Middle Ages to Latinize Norman Néel or Gaelic Neil.
Nigel Sentence Examples
His father was Nigel Theobald, and he is sometimes called Simon Theobald or Tybald.
Amongst the older partisans of the Angevin house the most influential were Archbishop Theobald, whose good will guaranteed to Henry the support of the Church, and Nigel, bishop of Ely, who presided at the exchequer.
Nigel was at first retained in Stephen's service; but, like his uncle and his brothers, incurred the suspicion of leaning towards the Angevin interest, when Roger of Salisbury and Alexander of Lincoln were arrested by Stephen (January 1139).