noun \ˈwäŋk, ˈwŋk\

: a person who knows a lot about the details of a particular field (such as politics) and often talks a lot about that subject

Full Definition of WONK

:  a person preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field; broadly :  nerd <a policy wonk> <a computer wonk>
wonk·ery \ˈwäŋ-kə-rē\ noun
wonk·ish \ˈwäŋ-kish\ adjective
wonk·ish·ness noun

Examples of WONK

  1. the policy wonks in the government
  2. <the candidate has an army of policy wonks ready to write for him a position paper on virtually any issue>

Origin of WONK

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1954

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