If someone calls you a nimrod, they're either referring to your superior hunting skills or they're insulting your intelligence. Only a real nimrod wouldn't be able to tell the difference!

In the Old Testament, Nimrod was a descendant of Noah and was described as "a mighty hunter." Calling an excellent hunter a nimrod comes directly from this Biblical source — and so does the word's "inept person" definition. In addition to his legendary skill with a bow and arrow, the Bible’s Nimrod is also associated with the disastrous attempt to build the Tower of Babel, a fiasco essentially caused by a bunch of nimrods.

Definitions of nimrod
  1. noun
    a hunter who is very skilled
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    type of:
    hunter, huntsman
    someone who hunts game
  2. noun
    an awkward, foolish person
    synonyms: clod, gawk, goon, lout, lubber, lummox, lump, oaf, stumblebum
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    type of:
    clumsy person
    a person with poor motor coordination
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