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geek

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noun \ˈgēk\

Simple Definition of geek

  • : a person who is socially awkward and unpopular : a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people

  • : a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity

Full Definition of geek

  1. 1 :  a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake

  2. 2 :  a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked

  3. 3 :  an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity <computer geek>

geek·dom play \ˈgēk-dəm\ noun
geek·i·ness noun
geeky play \ˈgē-kē\ adjective

Examples of geek

  1. He was a real geek in high school.

  2. <was quickly stereotyped as another computer geek>



Origin of geek

probably from English dialect geek, geck fool, from Low German geck, from Middle Low German


First Known Use: 1914



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