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nerd +‎ -dom; US, 1983.[1] Note that -dom is used both in the sense of “domain” (nerds, as a group) and in the sense of “characteristics” (being a nerd, nerdiness).


nerdom (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial, rare) The attitudes and behaviours of a nerd; nerdiness.
    • 1983, Nan Robertson, “Tigers or ‘top girls,’ Valerie Mahaffey adjusts,” The New York Times, April 1, 1983[1]
      When she was 17 she fell in love with a schoolmate named Ben: 'Together, we pulled each other out of nerddom,' she said.
    • 1997, Frederick S. Clarke, Cinefantastique, Volume 29
      The self-described "exemplar of nerdom" feels right at home with Carl Sagan's speculative science-fiction.
    • 2008, Maximum PC (October 2008)
      Even movies that first appear to add a promising element of nerdom always end up doing something dumb, like tarnishing a tense computer-based drama with idiotic and unusable (but oh so very sexy) 3D interfaces.
  2. (colloquial, rare) Nerds, considered as a group.
    • 2009, Jack Nutting, Dave Mark, Jeff LaMarche, Learn Cocoa on the Mac
      I still chuckle at some of jokes[sic] that we targeted to very narrow slices of nerdom.

Usage notes[edit]

The rough synonym geekdom is more common.[1]

Related terms[edit]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 nerddom”, Word Spy