nudnik

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Etymology[edit]

noodnik is attested since 1925, nudnik since 1929. From Yiddish נודניק (nudnik) < root of נודיען (nudyen, to bore) + ניק (-nik, noun-forming suffix). Ultimately from Proto-Slavic *nuda < Proto-Indo-European *neuti- (need) < *nau- (death, to be exhausted).

Compare Russian нудный (núdnyj, tedious), Ukrainian нудний (núdnýj, tedious), Polish nudny (boring), Old Church Slavonic ноудити (nuditi) or нѫдити (nǫditi, to compell), Hebrew נודניק (nag) and English -nik.

Noun[edit]

nudnik (plural nudniks)

  1. A person who is very annoying; a persistent nag.
  2. A bore; a boring person.
  3. A pest of a person; a jerk.

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