Definition of nimrod in US English:



  • 1literary A skillful hunter.

    ‘nimrods take to the field after everything from prairie dogs to grizzly bears’
    • ‘All year he's been giving interviews that are, well, Kerry-esque, in their nuanced recollections of his days as a nimrod in the deep woods of Massachusetts.’
    • ‘Truckloads of deer and bear have been slain by nimrods using rifles topped off with over or under scope mounts and will continue to be until Grandpa's prize bull starts producing milk.’
  • 2North American informal An inept person.

    • ‘Luckily, ‘Dave’ was so sloshed that I'm not even sure he noticed he was talking to a pair of nimrods, and thank God for that.’
    • ‘So, you know, it's not like these two nimrods who are coming out with books saying, ‘Now we would have voted guilty, but they forced us to say not guilty.’’
    • ‘The way I've blabbed on like a brainless nimrod the last couple times makes it kind of obvious, doesn't it?’
    • ‘Shell and Jenny were getting so fed up that they were almost inclined to go down there and shove those two nimrods together.’
    • ‘It was always a drag when she had to explain every last fact to the nimrods she had spoken with before.’
    • ‘We're disembodied voices from the depths of your subconscious, you nimrod.’
    • ‘You nimrod, don't you remember that's your codename?’
    • ‘She grinned and scampered off down the hall to find more nimrods to invite.’
    • ‘I sighed and scooped up the text book with a slight groan of effort - there was no way that was all Sociological theory, I bet they padded it out with stupid little pictures so that nimrods like Darcy could understand it.’
    • ‘One of the band mates said something along the lines of, ‘Frank, you are an absolute nimrod if you don't go smoke a cigarette with her.’’
    • ‘Anyone see any of these things mentioned above that would cause any number of nimrods to toss food around the table like beads at Mardi Gras?’
    • ‘Today I wasn't worried about her and I was glad the nimrod had seated Ryan and I next to each other even throughout all my voiced complaints and protests.’
    • ‘We learned very quickly what nimrods we really were, and eventually also the importance of custom stocks.’
    • ‘This nimrod says, ‘Hey, pal, I'm a happily married man.’’
    • ‘I was tempted to answer, ‘Because there's a service sector in our economy, you nimrod.’’
    • ‘You got a letter from your nimrod of a brother.’
    • ‘A group of football team nimrods were cheering him on.’
    • ‘We can't argue that fund managers as a group are nimrods.’
    • ‘California schools began to sink 20 years ago when the same nimrods who now want to chop up L.A. brought us Proposition 13, thinking money is better spent on kitchen remodeling than on public education.’
    • ‘‘Let them get away with it so that they could teach you nimrods a lesson’ I said.’


Late 16th century: from Hebrew Nimrōḏ, the name of the great-grandson of Noah, known for his skill as a hunter (see Gen. 10:8-9).