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In most English-speaking countries, Nimrod is used to denote a hunter or warrior, because the biblical Nimrod is described as "a mighty hunter". In American English, however, the term has acquired a derogatory meaning of "idiot"; there are various hypotheses as to why. Most examples suggest an intermediate form where Nimrod is used deliberately to mock a hunter. Whether this usage was widespread, or how it influenced the final meaning where the hunter connotation is unintended, might be beyond reach.


nimrod (plural nimrods)

  1. (chiefly US, informal, derogatory) A foolish person; an idiot.
    Don't stick your fingers in the fan, you nimrod!



  1. ^ “Nimrod”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language[1], Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000, archived from the original on 25 January 2007
  2. ^ Steinbeck, John (1962) Travels with Charley: In Search of America[2], 1997 edition, Penguin, →ISBN, page 45
  3. ^ “Nimrod, n.”, in Oxford English Dictionary[3], Oxford University Press, 2007
  4. ^
  • nimrod”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.