In general, a nerd is a social outcast in some way shape or form. However nerds can also be socially adjusted and may be popular. In most cases nerds are not very happy people, because despite their levels of popularity, they usually don't have much of a life. While it's perceived that what determines nerdiness is what the person is into, it goes deeper than that. Nerds are usually diagnosed with some type of minor mental disorder (ADHD, Aspergers) and as a result act in a way that many people find strange and may tease them because of it. Also, nostalgia and escapism are two very important things to a nerd. Nostalgia because childhood is always better than adolescence, and this rings especially true for nerds-and escapism for obvious reasons. Common traits for nerds are intelligence, low self-esteem, shyness, sexual frustration and yes, narcissism. Nerd pride, while a healthy thing can also be dangerous. Many nerds become bitter towards society and grow massive egos, which only makes more people hate them. While many nerds are mature and intelligent, many others (despite stereotypes) are ironically just as petty and small-minded as many of their tormentors. Then of course on a smaller level, nerds are defined for their interests. Stereotypically, video games, books (especially of the comic variety), and anime, as well as many other things.
The reason you may see a nerd watching a Disney movie or a children's cartoon takes me back to an earlier point: Nostalgia. Anything that reminds them of their childhood is special to them. As for the knights, pirates, elves, etc, it falls under Escapism. Because when life sucks, escapism is a good temporary way to deal with it. And when it comes to escapism for escapism's sake, the less realistic the better. I have seen a large number of definitions on here that I find disturbing-from both sides of the field-and what I'm here to do is try to dispel the hate a bit. I am here to create a hopefully unbiased definition of the word 'nerd' without insulting nerds but at the same time not instigating everyone else. This will serve to both give nerds something to think about and provide some insight to outsiders who don't understand nerds and may hate them for it.

I hope most of you are satisfied with the above definition (more like a book). Nerds, don't think yourself better than everyone else. It's a good way to become a douchebag and even less popular. Other people, try to have some pity on the nerdy kids and try to understand where they're coming from. Personally I have known shallow, hateful nerds and I've also had intelligent friends who were not nerds. We don't have to make this a war people, if we're intelligent and mature enough to accept the other side, then I think we can get along.
by Mediator man March 14, 2010
One whose IQ exceeds his weight.
by Anonymous July 23, 2003
An individual persecuted for his superior skills or intellect, most often by people who fear and envy him.
by zx August 15, 2002
An 'individual', i.e. a person who does not conform to society's beliefs that all people should follow trends and do what their peers do. Often highly intelligent but socially rejected because of their obesssion with a given subject, usually computers. Unfortunately, nerds seem to have problems breeding, to the detriment of mankind as a whole.
"Nerds are clearly superior to us in every way.. Let's worship them as our Gods"
by IkeM September 27, 2003
A stereotypical label used to describe a person that is socially inadequate. A four letter word, but a six figure income.
Think Bill Gates, but typically on a smaller scale.
by merebear May 25, 2004
Never
Ending
Radical
Dude.
That Nerd is my kind of person!
by ecs25858 December 10, 2010
A person who gains pleasure from amassing large quantities of knowledge about subjects often too detailed or complicated for most other people to be bothered with.

Often mistaken for Geeks, who aspire to become nerds, yet lack the intelligence, and end up giving nerds a bad name due to their poor social skills.

Non-nerds are often scared of nerds, due to their detailed knowledge, and therefore seemingly high levels of intelligence - and subsequently denegrate them as much as possible as often as possible.

Nerds exist covertly within the fabric of society, often choosing to 'nerd it up' in private or in the company of fellow nerds. It is for this reason they are feared the most - unlike geeks, who are easily identified, nerds can only be found out when casual conversation reaches a subject that they like nerding.
Geek: "I am a nerd"
Nerd: "Let's bash this nerd"

Nerd: "That'll teach you to go playing with my tesla coil"

by Nerdinator November 01, 2003
the group of people who will most likely make a life changing invention that will radically change the world. the computer was invented by a nerd. the macintosh/apple and windows were invetned by nerds. jocks and normal people have no claim to civilization except for being the hard labor. nerds actually do the thinking. so jocks, fuck you, and go eat your steroids
Nerds created almost everything that civilzation needs, such as computers, calculators, windows, etc.
by LilChineseEgo <--thats my AIM March 20, 2004

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