According to The Local, self-dubbed nerds are disappointed with the 'outdated' definition in the Svenska Akademiens Ordlista (SAOL) - the Swedish Academy's official dictionary.
The current meaning in SAOL states that a nerd is a 'simple-minded and laughable person'.
Petition founder Ludwig Jonsson told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper: "Many considered themselves to be nerds, and we thought that they should be able to be proud about it.
"When we saw SAOL's definition of the word, we made the appeal to give the nerds satisfaction."
The petition has currently attracted 3,680 signatures.
Since the petition launched, SAOL has said that they will consider changing the definition - which has been present in the dictionary since 2005.
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