nerd
noun Etymology: perhaps from nerd, a creature in the children's book If I Ran the Zoo (1950) by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) Date: 1951 an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits <
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nerdiness nounnerdish adjectivenerdy adjective

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

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  • nerd — ► NOUN informal ▪ a person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious. DERIVATIVES nerdish adjective nerdy adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

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