nudnik (n.) 1947, from Yiddish, with agential suffix -NIK (Cf. -nik) + Pol. nuda "boredom" or Rus. nudnyi "tedious, boring," from O.C.S. *nauda-, from PIE *neuti- "need" from root *nau- "death, to be exhausted" (see NEED (Cf. need) (n.)).

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  • nudnik — [“nudnik] n. a bore; a pest; a crank. (From Russian via Yiddish. Also a term of address.) □ Tell that nudnik to stay away from here. He is such a pest. □ Heidi can be such a nudnik! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • nudnik — ud nik (n[oo^]d n[i^]k) n. [Yiddish, fr. Russ. nudnyi tiresome.] a pestiferous boring and dull person. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nudnik — ☆ nudnik [nood′nik ] n. [< Yiddish < Russ nudnyi, tiresome < nuda, need, boredom (< IE * neuti > NEED) + nik, NIK] Slang a dull, tiresome, annoying person …   English World dictionary

  • nudnik — also nudnick noun Etymology: Yiddish nudnik, from nudyen to bore, from Polish nudzić, from nuda boredom Date: 1947 a person who is a bore or nuisance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nudnik — n An irritating person. Get that nudnik out of here; I can t stand her. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • nudnik —    (NOOD nik) [Yiddish] A slang term for an annoying, tiresome, dull person; a pest.    Jane Austen masterfully portrayed one hen pecking, match making, officious nudnik of a mother after another. The New York Times, May 11, 1997 …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • nudnik — /nood nik/, n. Slang. a persistently dull, boring pest. [1945 50, Amer.; < Yiddish, equiv. to nud base of nudyen (see NUDGE2) + nik NIK] * * * …   Universalium

  • nudnik — noun a) A person who is very annoying; a persistent nag. b) A bore; a boring person. See Also: noodge, nudge, kibbutznik, nogoodnik, nik …   Wiktionary

  • nudnik — Geek, freek, dweeb, a total jerk. Did you see that nudenick trying to ski that double black diamond? He had a total yardsale! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • nudnik — n American an irritating, boring or stupid person. This Yiddish word is derived from the Czech adjective nudny, meaning tire some or boring …   Contemporary slang

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