Definition of nudnik in US English:


(also nudnick)


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

    • ‘Tell the nudnik: ‘If you catch me eating sweets, I'll pay you $50.’’
    • ‘This happened in hoity-toity homes, nudnick neighborhoods, or wonky workplaces.’
    • ‘Similarly, if a nudnick comes into your life, put aside personal animosity.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Prudie is so tired of all the nonsense propagated by the PC nudniks.’
    • ‘Adding to the charm of his work, Shachtman isn't some defense policy think tank nudnick.’
    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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Early 20th century: Yiddish, from Russian nudnyĭ ‘tedious’.