a person considered to be socially awkward, boring, unstylish, etc.
an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit:
a computer nerd.
a boring or unpopular person, esp one obsessed with something specified: a computer nerd
a stupid and feeble person
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.
: Norton represents a new type of American rich person: the nerd tycoon/ a mix between journalism and nerd heaven, with its sophisticated desktop equipment and absence of paper
[probably fr the 1950 children’s book If I Ran the Zoo, by ”Dr. Seuss,” where a nerd is one of the desired animals]
adjective Nerdlike; nerdy: and nerdacious mutterings full of buried Hobbit references (1990s+)
noun the state of being a nerd
/ˈnɜːdɪk/ noun 1. another name for geekspeak
[nur-dee] /ˈnɜr di/ adjective, nerdier, nerdiest. 1. Slang. of or like a . adjective See nerdish See nerdlike adj. 1978, from nerd + -y (2). Related: Nerdiness. adjective Characteristic of a nerd: Above all, stay away from anything nerdy/ When the trendy become mainstream, the hip go nerdy (1970s+ Teenagers)