What does NERD mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swot, grind, nerd, wonk, dweeb(noun)

    an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious

  2. nerd(noun)

    an intelligent but single-minded expert in a particular technical field or profession


  1. nerd(Noun)

    A person who is intellectual, skilled in one or more fields, and generally introverted


  1. Nerd

    A nerd is a person, typically described as being overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired. They may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, obscure, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical or relating to topics of fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities. Additionally, many nerds are described as being shy, quirky, and unattractive, and may have difficulty participating in, or even following, sports. "Nerd" is a derogatory, stereotypical term, but as with other pejoratives, it has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. nerd

    1. [mainstream slang] Pejorative applied to anyone with an above-average IQ and few gifts at small talk and ordinary social rituals. 2. [jargon] Term of praise applied (in conscious ironic reference to sense 1) to someone who knows what's really important and interesting and doesn't care to be distracted by trivial chatter and silly status games. Compare geek.The word itself appears to derive from the lines “And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And Bring Back an It-Kutch, a Preep and a Proo, / A Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too!” in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo (1950). (The spellings ‘nurd’ and ‘gnurd’ also used to be current at MIT, where ‘nurd’ is reported from as far back as 1957; however, knurd appears to have a separate etymology.) How it developed its mainstream meaning is unclear, but sense 1 seems to have entered mass culture in the early 1970s (there are reports that in the mid-1960s it meant roughly “annoying misfit” without the connotation of intelligence.Hackers developed sense 2 in self-defense perhaps ten years later, and some actually wear “Nerd Pride” buttons, only half as a joke. At MIT one can find not only buttons but (what else?) pocket protectors bearing the slogan and the MIT seal.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of NERD in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of NERD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joshua Green:

    They have a lot in common with the people who spend the most time on the Internet, the centrality of cats to the digital world is because they have a cultural connection to the people who live there. The fact is, cats are just better nerd pets.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The "Pi Moment" of this century is on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53, because Pi = 3.141592653. First 10 digits of Pi come together, in the same sequence, at that precise moment, on March 14 this year, at 9:26:53. You don't have to be a Nerd to celebrate "Pi Moment".....but sometimes it helps!

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    El "momento pi" de este siglo es el 3/14/15 a 9:26:53, porque pi = 3.141592653. Primeros 10 dígitos de pi se unen, en el mismo orden, en ese preciso momento, el 14 de marzo de este año, en 9:26:53. Usted no tiene que ser un nerd para celebrar "momento pi" ..... pero a veces le ayuda!

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    el "momento pi" de este siglo es el 14/03/15 a 09:26:53, porque pi = 3,141592653. primeros 10 dígitos de pi se unen, en el mismo orden, en ese preciso momento, el 14 de marzo de este año, en 9:26:53. usted no tiene que ser un nerd para celebrar "momento pi" ..... pero a veces le ayuda!

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