dork

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noun \ˈdȯrk\

Examples of dork in a sentence

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

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


First Known Use: 1967


DORK Defined for English Language Learners

dork

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noun \ˈdȯrk\

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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