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Origin and Meaning of Nerd

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  • A user from Arkansas, United States says the name Nerd is of American origin and means "Really smart".

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  1. An intelligent but single-minded expert in a particular technical field or profession
  2. An insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious

Unknown. Attested since 1951 as US student slang.

  • Perhaps an alteration of nerts (“nuts", "crazy”); see references below.
  • The word, capitalized, appeared in 1950 in Dr. Seuss’s If I Ran the Zoo as the name of an imaginary animal:
    And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Katroo / And bring back an It-Kutch, a Preep and a Proo, / A Nerkle, a and a Seersucker too!
  • Various unlikely folk etymologies and less likely backronymic speculations also exist.
  1. (slang, sometimes derogatory) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted
  2. (informal, sometimes derogatory) One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something.
    a computer
    a comic-book
  3. (slang, always derogatory) An unattractive, socially awkward, annoying, undesirable, and/or boring, person; a dork.
    Only a would wear yellow and blue stripes with green pants.
    seem to have fun with each other, but in a way that causes others to laugh at them.
    Why are you hanging out with that ?
  4. (post 1980s) A member of a subculture revolving around a mixture of video games, fantasy fiction, science fiction, comic books and assorted media.

nerd was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Fun Facts about the name Nerd

  • How unique is the name Nerd? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Nerd was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Nerd: Your name in reverse order is Dren. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ednr. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Nerd born Apr 16, 1946

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Africa approximately on 1275. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.