nerf

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From automobile racing; to bump another car (ca. 1950s?).

Verb[edit]

nerf (third-person singular simple present nerfs, present participle nerfing, simple past and past participle nerfed)

  1. (auto racing) To bump lightly, whether accidentally or purposefully.
    A racer will often nerf another as a psychological tactic.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From the trademark NERF (an abbreviation of "non-expanding recreational foam"), a range of toys made of soft foam, ineffective as actual weapons (1969).

Verb[edit]

nerf (third-person singular simple present nerfs, present participle nerfing, simple past and past participle nerfed)

  1. (slang) to water down, dumb down or especially weaken, particularly in video games.
    The lightning spell was pretty powerful before they nerfed it.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From earlier nerve, from Middle Dutch *narwe, from Old Dutch *narwa, from Proto-Germanic *narwō. For the change of -rwe → -rf, compare verf.

Noun[edit]

nerf f (plural nerven, diminutive nerfje n)

  1. grain of wood

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin nervus.

Noun[edit]

nerf f (plural nerven, diminutive nerfje n)

  1. (obsolete) nerve
  2. vein of a leaf

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin nervus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nerf m (plural nerfs)

  1. (anatomy) nerve
  2. (figuratively) force, power, strength
    Les nerfs, les garcons! On n'est pas sur un bateau de plaisance.Put some muscle into it, boys! We are not on a pleasure boat!

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Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

nerf m (plural nerfz)

  1. nerve

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

nerf m (oblique plural ners, nominative singular ners, nominative plural nerf)

  1. nerve

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

nerf m

  1. (slang) Common misspelling of nerd.

Adjective[edit]

nerf m (feminine nerfa)

  1. (slang) Common misspelling of nerd.

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