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also nud·nick  (no͝od′nĭk)
n. Slang
An obtuse, boring, or bothersome person; a pest.

[Yiddish, nudne, boring (from nudyen, to bore; see nudge2) + -nik, -nik.]
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informal US an annoying or boring person
[C20: from Yiddish nudyen to bore + -nik]
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(ˈnʊd nɪk)

Slang. a bore; pest.
[1945–50, Amer.; < Yiddish, =nud-, base of nudyen (see nudge2) + -nik -nik]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nudnik - (Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
bore, dullard - a person who evokes boredom
blighter, cuss, gadfly, pesterer, pest - a persistently annoying person
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Meanwhile, he indicates that college knowledge is not a substitute for personal or local knowledge: "A nudnik is a pest; a phudnik is a nudnik with a Ph.D." (p.
Norman is a warm-hearted nudnik (pest), who is also a hondler (hustler), a luftmensch (dreamer), and, ultimately, a lamed-vovnik (secret saint).
Yiddish of course gave Hebrew a full and familiar range of colorful words: chutzpah, dreck, luksh, nebech, nudnik, pisher, pupik, putz, shlumper, shmegege, shmendrik, shmuck, shnorer, shvitzer, and also broch (imbroglio, dilemma), foyleshtik (monkey business), greps, gurnisht, kuntz, macher, mishmash, pulke, pitchifkes, shmuntzes, plonter (predicament), pekelach, shvung (momentum), shluk (sip, but more like a slurp or pull, as the sound of the word suggests), shmates, shpitz, shpritz, tzutzik (smallfry) and tussik or tuches, the latter apparently from the Hebrew tachat (bottom), showing how, via Yiddish, Hebrew words may reenter the spoken language through the back door, so to speak.
It's because of the OSI that Efraim Zuroff has been able to largely leave the United States alone and instead be a "nudnik"--a label he gave himself that means a nuisance or a pest in Yiddish--to countries that have shown less success or ambition at rooting out the Nazis in their own backyards.
The German dialects brought to Britain by Angles, Saxons, and Jutes were transmuted into Old English, and the latter developed into Middle English and then became Modern English, in part through copious takings in of Norman French, Latin, and Greek words, and in part through an admixture of Dutch (freebooter; landscape; skipper), Irish (bog; keening; whiskey), and Old Norse (awkward; kindle; raft) words, and in part by way of a drizzle of Hindi (avatar; guru; loot), Spanish (alligator; canyon; renegade), and Yiddish (chutzpah; glitch; nudnik) words, and so on.
I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik's songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position."
Mt Saverin was pilloried in the press by people who would likely have done the same thing if they were in his shoes, and the nudnik senior senator from New York, Charles Schumer, has proposed a law to heavily penalize people who try to make such a move.
Colette chose a combo tray called the Nudnik (!), which offers pulled pork or pulled chicken and ribs or brisket ($12.95 with two sides).
the electronic nudnik is sheltered by anonymity, his acts amplified by an almost inconceivable multiplication and instantaneousness of transmission.