1. nerd.

noun Slang.

  1. a person considered to be socially awkward, boring, unstylish, etc.
  2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.


  1. a variant spelling of nerd

noun slang

  1. a boring or unpopular person, esp one obsessed with something specifieda computer nerd
  2. a stupid and feeble person

1951, U.S. student slang, probably an alteration of 1940s slang nert “stupid or crazy person,” itself an alteration of nut. The word turns up in a Dr. Seuss book from 1950 (“If I Ran the Zoo”), which may have contributed to its rise.

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