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From automobile racing; to bump another car (ca. 1950s?).
- (motor racing) To bump lightly, whether accidentally or purposefully.
- A racer will often nerf another as a psychological tactic.
From the trademark NERF (an abbreviation of "non-expanding recreational foam"), which sold toy guns firing missiles of soft foam, ineffective as actual weapons (1969).
- (slang, video games) to weaken (a character, a weapon, a spell, etc.) between multiple installments of a series of games or versions of the same game
- The lightning spell was originally pretty powerful, but in the sequel they nerfed it so it became completely useless.
- grain of wood
nerf m (plural nerfs)
- (anatomy) nerve
- (figuratively) force, power, strength
- Les nerfs, les garçons! On n'est pas sur un bateau de plaisance. — Put some muscle into it, boys! We are not on a pleasure boat!
- “nerf” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
nerf m (plural nerfz)
nerf f (plural nerfau)