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Blend of arachnid +‎ nerd, as a play on web and Web. Included on lists of Internet slang as early as 1996.[1][2]


arachnerd (plural arachnerds)

  1. (Internet, slang) A person who spends a lot of time on the World Wide Web.
    • 2003, Chris Sherman, "To Google, and Other Internet Neologisms", Search Engine Watch, 8 June 2003:
      Why do I find these Internet neologisms so interesting? Guess it's because I'm a bona-fide arachnerd, a person that spends way too much time either surfing the Web or fussing with their home page.


  1. ^ Jon Casimir, "dWeEB", Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March 1996
  2. ^ Paul McFedries, Microsoft Office 97 Unleashed, Sams Publishing (1996), →ISBN, page 853