Nerd (adjective: nerdy) is a descriptive term, often used pejoratively, indicating a person that is overly intellectual, obsessive, or lacking social skills. Such a person may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, obscure, or non- mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical, abstract, or relating to topics of fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities. Additionally, many nerds are described as being shy, quirky, pedantic, and unattractive, and may have difficulty participating in, or even following, sports. Though originally derogatory, "Nerd" is a stereotypical term, but as with other pejoratives, it has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity.
Nerd is a term for a person who is intellectually knowledgeable or bright, but socially inept.
Nerd or nerds may also refer to:
- The Nerd, a Broadway comedy play written by American actor/playwright Larry Shue
- The Nerds, a series of Saturday Night Live sketches
- The Angry Video Game Nerd or The Nerd, a web series that started in 2006
- N.E.R.D.S. (film), an upcoming film produced by Rocket Pictures
- FC Nerds, reality television sports franchise
- Nerds FC, an Australian television documentary featuring soccer
- N.E.R.D, a rock/hip hop group fronted by Pharrell Williams
- A fictional creature from Dr. Seuss's If I Ran the Zoo
- NeRD, Navy eReader Device, e-reader developed by the United States Navy
- Nonerosive reflux disease, a form of gastroesophageal reflux disease
- NERDS syndrome, Nodules–eosinophilia–rheumatism–dermatitis–swelling syndrome
- NERD (sabermetrics), a baseball statistic
- NERD, a science and technology journal published by students of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
- Nerds (candy), a candy
- New England Research and Development Center, a Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Nintendo European Research & Development, a software developer
- NERD (television production company), a company set up by 'Survivor' creator Charlie Parsons
- Nerds (candy)
In baseball statistics, NERD (a wink towards the mnemonic "Narration, Exposition, Reflection, Description") is a quantitative measure of expected aesthetic value. NERD was originally created by Carson Cistulli and is part of his project of exploring the "art" of sabermetric research. The original NERD formula only took into account the pitcher's expected performance while the current model factors in the entire team's performance.
NERD (television production company)
For the funk and hip hop band, see N.E.R.D.
NERD (New Entertainment Research & Design) is a British television production company founded in 2010 by Jago Lee and John Farrar. The company specialises in formatted and scripted entertainment for the UK and US markets.
In March 2010 The Guardian newspaper reported that the EMMY award winning Survivor creator Charlie Parsons was investing in NERD (MediaGuardian.co.uk, 25 March 2010), and had become the company's Chairman.
In May 2012 " The Hollywood Reporter" reported that Red Arrow, a subsidiary of German broadcaster Proseiben Sat.1, had bought a majority stake in NERD from Charlie Parsons Creative.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 (context slang sometimes derogatory English) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted 2 (context informal sometimes derogatory English) One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something. 3 (context slang always derogatory English) An unattractive, socially awkward, annoying, undesirable, and/or boring, person; a dork. 4 (context post 1980s English) A member of a subculture revolving around a mixture video games, fantasy fiction, science fiction, comic books and assorted media.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.
Usage examples of "nerd".
Greg proved many of the generalizations about science nerds, but the city was damned lucky to have someone this smart.
Starship Captain stood in the spotlight at the end of the runway turning round, round, round, looking out over the Ralfies and the globuloids, the computer nerds and the costumers, the brilliant intellectual misfits and the teenage malcontents, the fans who would be slans.
Martins caught the fancy of Kelly Ripa, who promoted it through her Reading with Ripa Book Club in 2003, with many successful Nerds following.
Jefferson was a polymath, an autodidact, a nerd literally without peer.
Usually run by some dumb nerd with a subscription to Variety who learned about movies by doing the Universal Studios tour.
Audio-Visual nerds Allison and her girlfriends used to laugh at in high school.
The New Age Gurus, Crystal Channeling Fruitcakes, and Born Again Lemurians, versus the Stink Tank Futurologists, Sci-Fi Nerds, and Cyberwonks!
Her speech is improving too, but she needs surgery on her jaw-I would mention the temporomandibular joint, but only a nerd would understand the term-so that her mouth will be able to move for better enunciation.
In my experience, most drek-hot deckers start off as the stereotypical computer nerd.
There may be, proportionately, many more nerds among scientists than among backhoe operators or fashion designers or traffic wardens.
The latter on the chaos we know as cyberspace and on user-averse technologies developed by geeks and nerds, rather than by marketers, users, and librarians.
Scientists are nerds, socially inept, working on incomprehensible subjects that no normal person would find in any way interesting - even if he were willing to invest the time required, which, again, no sensible person would.
Norman Conquest involved a horde of high-belted, pocket-protected, calculator-carrying nerds with broken glasses invading England.
There are more boy nerds than girl nerds, but there are plenty of both.
So those who find nerds distasteful, but at the same time crave the products of science, face a kind of dilemma.