Definition of nudnik in English:

nudnik

(also nudnick)

noun

North American
informal
  • A pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore.

    • ‘Tell the nudnik: ‘If you catch me eating sweets, I'll pay you $50.’’
    • ‘Similarly, if a nudnick comes into your life, put aside personal animosity.’
    • ‘Prudie is so tired of all the nonsense propagated by the PC nudniks.’
    • ‘The point of this flippant phone call was so that I, the nudnik of the century, could ask you, the sharp-witted professor, if you'd like to… ‘He seemed to hesitate. ‘… go to dinner sometime.’’
    • ‘Adding to the charm of his work, Shachtman isn't some defense policy think tank nudnick.’
    • ‘This happened in hoity-toity homes, nudnick neighborhoods, or wonky workplaces.’
    nuisance, bother, annoyance, irritation, irritant, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, vexation, trial, the bane of one's life, menace, curse, problem, trouble, worry, inconvenience, bore, gadfly
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Origin

Early 20th century: Yiddish, from Russian nudnyĭ ‘tedious’.

Pronunciation

nudnik

/ˈno͝odnik//ˈnʊdnɪk/