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[noo d-nik] /ˈnʊd nɪk/

noun, Slang.
a persistently dull, boring pest.
(US, informal) an annoying or boring person

1947, from Yiddish, with agential suffix -nik + Polish nuda “boredom” or Russian nudnyi “tedious, boring,” from Old Church Slavonic *nauda-, from PIE *neuti- “need” from root *nau- “death, to be exhausted” (see need (n.)).


An annoying person; pest; nuisance; nudge: the story of a gang of nudniks trying to defeat the establishment/ remains an unreconstructed nudnik throughout

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[fr Yiddish nudne, ”boring”]


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