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nerd / nərd/ • n. inf. a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious: one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance. ∎  an intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession: he single-handedly changed the Zero image of the computer nerd into one of savvy Hero. DERIVATIVES: nerd·ish adj. nerd·ish·ness n. nerd·y adj.

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nerd a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious. Fashionable in the early 1980s, the word dates from the 1950s, but its origin is unknown.

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nerd Derogatory slang Someone who spends excessive time using a computer, often with unreasonable enthusiasm. (The term is also used more generally.)

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