Nik definition

nik
One associated with or characterized by.

Beatnik; peacenik.

suffix
0
0
One who is or has to do with (the thing specified)

Beatnik, refusenik.

affix
0
0
Appended to words to create a nickname for a person who exemplifies, endorses, or is associated with the thing or quality specified (by the base form), often a particular ideology or preference.
suffix
0
0
Advertisement

Origin of nik

  • < Yiddish or Russ: equiv. to -er

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Yiddish Russian (Yiddish) (from Russian) of Slavic origin

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

  • From the Slavic suffix (Russian: -ник (-nik)). This suffix experienced a surge in English coinages for nicknames and diminutives after the 1957 Soviet launch of the first Sputnik satellite. English usage is heavily influenced by Yiddish usage of -nik and similar borrowed words (nogoodnik, nudnik, kibbutznik).

    From Wiktionary