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 History of this Word

"nik" is from "refusenik" spoken in Russia after 1945 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
nudnik
kibbutznik
raskolnik
refusenik

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-nik" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates associated with or characterized by. Often derogatory. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-nik illustration This is where the stereotypical beatnik, with his bongos and beret and black clothes, comes in.
-nik illustration Perhaps the author is simply ignorant and hasn't actually ever talked to a peacenik.