Definition of nimrod in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɪmrɒd/


1 literary A skilful hunter: nimrods take to the field after everything from prairie dogs to grizzly bears
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  • All year he's been giving interviews that are, well, Kerry-esque, in their nuanced recollections of his days as a nimrod in the deep woods of Massachusetts.
  • Truckloads of deer and bear have been slain by nimrods using rifles topped off with over or under scope mounts and will continue to be until Grandpa's prize bull starts producing milk.
2North American informal An inept person.
Example sentences
  • Luckily, ‘Dave’ was so sloshed that I'm not even sure he noticed he was talking to a pair of nimrods, and thank God for that.
  • California schools began to sink 20 years ago when the same nimrods who now want to chop up L.A. brought us Proposition 13, thinking money is better spent on kitchen remodeling than on public education.
  • So, you know, it's not like these two nimrods who are coming out with books saying, ‘Now we would have voted guilty, but they forced us to say not guilty.’


Late 16th century: from Hebrew Nimrōḏ, the name of the great-grandson of Noah, known for his skill as a hunter (see Gen. 10:8-9).

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