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In some 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.


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, retrieved 27 September 2006
  2. ^ Steinbeck, John, Travels with Charley: In Search of America[2], 1997 edition, Penguin, 1962, →ISBN, page 45
  3. ^ “Nimrod, n.”, in Oxford English Dictionary[3], Oxford University Press, 2007
  4. ^
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