adork·​able ə-ˈdȯr-kə-bəl How to pronounce adorkable (audio)
: socially awkward or quirky in a way that is endearing
Fifteen years after Zellweger first charmed the world as adorkable … Bridget Jones, she's returning to the beloved character created by author Helen Fielding.People
If he's cute but also socially awkward, then feel free to describe him as adorkable.Paul McFedries
Soon they're canoodling at a dive bar and engaging in adorkable impromptu dance sessions.Margot Harrison

Examples of adorkable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also a writer for Big Mouth, Edebiri began to voice the adorkable tween Missy in 2020 after Jenny Slate stepped aside. Declan Gallagher,, 22 June 2023 Marnie Piper's adorkable crush in Halloweentown High went on to murder a ton of people on American Horror Story. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 20 Dec. 2022 In September, Merriam-Webster announced new words added to the dictionary, which included adorkable, MacGyver, yeet and shrinkflation. CBS News, 28 Nov. 2022 An adorkable American woman (Jenna Ortega) moves into a chalet with three roommates in somewhere that looks like Vancouver. Vulture, 12 May 2022 Ginty’s Casey is a cross between TV’s Darlene Conner and the Peanuts’ Lucy, while Helms is amusingly adorkable. Matthew J. Palm,, 15 Oct. 2021 This Sabrina is as adorkable and good-hearted as any — despite having to deal with Wendigos and a murderous fellow witch. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Apr. 2021 Cassie hunts portrayed by TV heartthrobs (The O.C.'s Adam Brody), adorkable man-boys (Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and general dreamboats (Max Greenfield, Chris Lowell). Joey Nolfi,, 23 Oct. 2020 The world needs more adorkable sitcoms right now, and short of that, an epic rewatch of New Girl with a side of Hoops will have to do. Sabienna Bowman,, 23 Aug. 2020

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Word History


blend of adorable and dork

First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adorkable was in 1999

Dictionary Entries Near adorkable

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“Adorkable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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