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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NERD

She was gaunt and tall and geeky and talked like an engineer, with the nerd accent.

WORD ORIGIN

1951, U.S. student slang, probably an alteration of 1940s slang nert "stupid or crazy person," itself an alteration of nut. The word turns up in a Dr. Seuss book from 1950 ("If I Ran the Zoo"), which may have contributed to its rise.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NERD

dunce

nounstupid person
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