Cultural Watch

The Word For Today: Nudnik


Nudnik \NOO D-nik\ noun


1. Slang. a persistently dull, boring pest.


Pinni becomes enraged and says my brother is a nudnik . I agree with Pinni. Even though my brother Elyahu is my own flesh and blood, he’s an awful nudnik.
— Richard Burgin, Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1985


Nudnik is an Americanism formed from the Yiddish verb nudyen meaning “to bore, pester.” Nud- is of Slavic origin: nudny in Polish means “boring”; the Polish verb nudzićmeans “to bore” and is the source, again through Yiddish, of noodge. It came to English in the mid-1900s.

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