dork

noun \ ˈdȯrk \

Definition of dork

slang
: nerd
  • looked like a dork in that sweater
; also : jerk 1a
  • Stop acting like a dork.

Examples of dork in a Sentence

  1. I look like a complete dork in these clothes.

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Of nerds, geeks, and dorks

Dork, when used to refer to a socially awkward or inept person, is a relatively recent word: our records indicate that it first appeared in writing in the 1960s. Two of its synonyms in this sense are likewise of fairly recent vintage. Nerd (typically used of a studious species of dork) dates from the 1950s; it was coined by Dr. Seuss in his 1950 book If I Ran the Zoo, although not in the sense that we use today. Geek became synonymous with nerd in the 1950s. Prior to this, the word referred to, among other things, a carnival performer who would bite the head off a live chicken, or other small animal, as part of an act.

Origin and Etymology of dork

perhaps alteration of dick

dork Synonyms

Synonyms
bookworm, dink [slang], nerd [slang], geek, grind, swot [British], weenie, wonk
Antonyms
brain, genius
Related Words
double-dome, egghead, highbrow, intellectual; brain, genius; academic, bookman, scholar; gearhead, techie
Near Antonyms
goldbrick, goof-off, slacker, underachiever; lowbrow

DORK Defined for English Language Learners

dork

noun

Definition of dork for English Language Learners

  • : a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.



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