Etymology
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nerd (n.)

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.

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Definitions of nerd

nerd (n.)
an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious;
Synonyms: swot / grind / wonk / dweeb
nerd (n.)
an intelligent but single-minded expert in a particular technical field or profession;
From wordnet.princeton.edu