Definition of nerd in English:



  • 1A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious.

    ‘one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance’
    • ‘They had things in common with us nerds, and by graduating year the social strata were almost gone.’
    • ‘Women do not consider careers in IT because they think they are careers for geeks, nerds, workaholics or all of the above.’
    • ‘A geek is a nerd who knows lots about one thing that everyone else ignores.’
    • ‘Geeks and nerds produced the art and science that define the modern age.’
    • ‘How many nerds and dorks do you see standing in front of the ‘I love you section’ at the card store?’
    • ‘By motivating teachers and students about physics, he also hopes to remove the stigma that physics is boring and only for nerds.’
    • ‘Recently we noticed some net nerds have been forming social clubs under the banner ‘Free Culture’.’
    • ‘The surprising thing is that he is not a boring nerd; he's got a wonderful sense of humor and he loves to dance.’
    • ‘The play is about a timid nerd who discovers a strange plant that can make any Joe Soap really famous.’
    • ‘This, ladies and gentlemen, is the difference between a geek and a nerd.’
    • ‘At the time it was still widely referred to as the ‘information superhighway’ and those who knew how to navigate it were dismissed as nerds and geeks.’
    • ‘Most of the editors will readily admit to being any of the following: dorks, nerds, or geeks.’
    • ‘In vain, I glanced towards the nerds and geeks in the front row, hoping to get some help.’
    • ‘Devoid of social skills and eternally depressing, Pekar's voice speaks for nerds, social inadequates and all else on the margins of society.’
    • ‘The first 30 minutes were geek heaven; nerds in white shirts doing a Mamet version of technobabble.’
    • ‘Actually he's probably both; a geeky nerd or a nerdy geek.’
    • ‘I'm not a geek, or a nerd, and the vast majority of the attention I get is from women who think I'm good looking.’
    • ‘They were a group made up mostly of men who were all nerds and geeks and dorks in high school who went on to become brilliant and funny and irresistible in college.’
    • ‘People who work in the Internet industry on the other hand are viewed as nerds, geeks, dweebs and propeller heads.’
    • ‘By now you may have guessed that blackjack is a nerd's game, requiring a minimum of social skills.’
    bore, dull person
    dork, dweeb, geek
    anorak, spod
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    1. 1.1A single-minded expert in a particular technical field.
      ‘a computer nerd’
      • ‘There were just so many errors in there that the outraged grammar nerd inside me froze up and died a little, giving way to bewildered amusement.’
      • ‘What had been a niche market for technology nerds soon became a mass market as consumers discovered the benefits of computing, said Atherton.’
      • ‘Yes, there is a difference between band nerds and band geeks.’
      • ‘The employee went away as the standard IT nerd but when he came back he was totally different and we put it down to their policy for promoting life outside work.’
      • ‘Nor did they dismiss his dream of making his living in film, perhaps as a special effects nerd.’
      • ‘After 10 years on the Internet I am finally the stereotypical Web nerd whose site contains pictures of my cat.’
      • ‘Great literature sparks pictures in his head, as it does for any book nerd.’
      • ‘This is the part of the review where I indulge my inner history nerd, so stick with me.’
      • ‘Besides, you can't have a fight when the other guy turns out to be a mild-mannered book nerd.’
      • ‘A self-confessed computer nerd, Schilling is the perfect pitcher for the digital age.’
      • ‘A brilliant computer nerd overcame entrenched foes and now heads the firm.’
      • ‘He was a resident computer nerd who had two brothers and a baby sister.’
      • ‘As a Dungeons and Dragons nerd, it is an easier transition than you'd think to get into the sporting realm.’
      • ‘So what does an under-the-weather computer nerd do to survive a sick day?’
      • ‘A lot of British pop beaches itself on our shores, but it's rare to find the voice of the common English punk nerd.’
      • ‘As a pilot and techno nerd who's worked with GPS for years, I trust Garmin and Magellan.’
      • ‘It's a chick flick that your average home theater nerd isn't going to bother with.’
      • ‘The best character in the film is the geeky computer nerd, parked at a desk in Mission Control.’
      • ‘That was from when she played the school computer nerd a couple of years ago.’
      • ‘Take those computer nerds out of the total, and the numbers are down by half a million people and £36.4billion.’


1950s: of unknown origin.