a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious.
"I was a serious nerd until I discovered girls and cars"
bore, dull person, dweeb, geek, anorak, spod, Poindexter, dork
a single-minded expert in a particular technical field.
Here's the story.
So many people confuse "nerd" and "geek" that they have become almost interchangeable.
Nerd used to mean lacking in social skills to the point of affecting how you are perceived.
of the "similar" words above
geek(= technical expert),
anorak (don't know this one as this use, probably reference to clothes worn by the socially backward), spod(don't know this one at all, American?),
Geek means someone who is a technical expert.
The confusion of the modern generation proabbly comes form the fact thatgeeks/technical experts are often nerds/socially innept.
This loss of the correct meanings of the words is just another example of language evolution. Being a geek, I put it up there with "wanna" and the like. :(
So for example, a use such as "nerd skills" is a red flag to people who remember the traditional meaning.
"geek skills" makes sense.
"nerd" does not imply any skill at anything, except inability to deal with people.
There was a slogan once. Embrace your inner geek. Intended as entirely positive.
Who is invited to the party?
Well, not Nigel. He's a complete nerd and probably wouldn't enjoy the crowd anyway.
My little brother is such a nerd! I hate it when I have to be out with him and we run into someone I know.