One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore.
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, gadflyView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Early 20th century: Yiddish, from Russian nudnyĭ ‘tedious’.
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