Nerd vs Ferd – What’s the difference?

Nerd vs Ferd - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between nerd and ferd is that nerd is nerd (a person, often very studious, with poor social skills) while ferd is an army, a host or ferd can be (obsolete) fear.



Alternative forms

* nurd (very rare)


(en noun )

  • A person who is intellectual but generally introverted
  • * 1953 Advertisement for “Businessman’s Lunch”, a play by Micheal Quinn, in Patricia Brown, Gloria Mundi
  • They particularly enjoy making fun of one of their fellows who is not present, whom they consider a hopeless nerd – until, that is, they learn he is engaged to marry the boss’s daughter.
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  • One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something.
  • a computer nerd
    a comic-book nerd
  • An unattractive, socially awkward, annoying, undesirable, and/or boring, person; a dork.
  • Only a nerd would wear yellow and blue stripes with green pants
    Nerds seem to have fun with each other, but in a way that causes others to laugh AT them.
    Why are you hanging out with that nerd ?


    * (sense) dag (Australian), doofus, dork, dweeb, geek, goober, loser, propeller head, twerp,
    * See also

    Derived terms

    * arachnerd
    * cybernerd
    * entreprenerd
    * millionerd
    * nerdboy
    * nerdbrain
    * nerdcore
    * nerdette
    * nerdfest
    * nerdgasm
    * Nerdic
    * nerdification
    * nerdify
    * nerdiness
    * nerdish
    * nerdism
    * nerdistan
    * nerdlet
    * nerdlike
    * nerdling
    * nerdlinger
    * nerdo
    * nerdom/nerddom
    * nerd out
    * nerdsome
    * nerdspeak
    * nerdtastic
    * nerdvana
    * nerdy
    * technonerd


    * Online Etymology Dictionary



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) ferde, feord, furd, from (etyl) fyrd, fierd, . More at (l).


    (en noun )

  • An army, a host.
  • * 1330 , Robert Mannyng, Chronicle
  • With þe wille I go als felawes in ferd .
    (With thee will I go as fellows in a ferd .)
  • A military expedition.
  • * c. 1050 , The Paris Psalter
  • Þeah þu mid us ne fare on fyrd
    (Though thou with us not fare on a ferd …)
  • A company, band, or group.
  • * c. 1400 ,
  • And foure scoure fyne shippes to the flete broght… with fyfty, in a furthe , all of fuerse vesell.
    (And four score fine ships to the fleet brought… with fifty in a ferd , all of fierce vessel.)
  • *1986 , Jack Arthur Walter Bennett, ?Douglas Gray, Middle English literature – Volume 1 – Page 89 :
  • For him a lord (British or Roman) is essentially a leader of a ‘ferd’ (OE fyrd); […]
    Usage notes

    * This word in its Anglo-Saxon form, (l), is used historically in a technical sense.

    Derived terms

    * (l)
    * (l)
    * (l)
    * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from . More at (l).



  • (obsolete) Fear.
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