\ ˈdȯr-kē How to pronounce dorky (audio) \
dorkier; dorkiest

Definition of dorky

: foolishly stupid : clueless

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Other Words from dorky

dorkiness noun

Examples of dorky in a Sentence

she's always being embarrassed by her dorky cousins
Recent Examples on the Web Best comic of the decade: Saga (Image) The 2010s transformed Star Wars from dorky cultural touchstone to mammoth corporate juggernaut; fans who used to wait years for movies (or even tie-in novels) now got blasted with a new one year after year. Christian Holub,, "The best comics of the decade," 21 Nov. 2019 These two are both have a bit of a dorky side, in the best way possible. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Property Brothers' Star Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel Are Instagram Official," 22 Nov. 2019 In this team game, one player wears dorky glasses with an erasable marker attached and tries to draw objects that her teammates can guess. Marylou Tousignant, Washington Post, "Top toys for 2019: Coding kits and (surprise!) board games.," 4 Nov. 2019 But Barry’s awkward, dorky dancing at Killer Frost’s rave makes up for all the hour’s shortcomings, because the resulting GIFs are gold. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Superhero Insider: Arrow, Batwoman, Black Lightning introduce new dynamics," 26 Oct. 2019 Brittany Murphy plays an artless, dorky pageant contestant named Lisa, and Amy Adams is Leslie, a contestant who occupies the obligatory role of slutty cheerleader. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” Which Is Finally Streaming, Is Possibly My Favorite Movie of All Time," 5 July 2019 What looks like couples karaoke (in which this writer gives major props to Hadid for belting out some dorky tune alongside a Grammy-award-winning singer, a scenario that might provoke anxiety in others). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Weeknd Goes All Out on Instagram for Bella Hadid’s Birthday," 9 Oct. 2018 Here’s how to rock the red, white, and blue this Fourth of July without any of the cornball risks or dorky potential for disaster. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "17 Fourth of July Menswear Buys That’ll Outshine the Fireworks," 3 July 2018 An angry young looker (Carlen Altman) and her tall, dorky brother (Perry) set off on a car trip to reclaim her stuff from the broadcasting professor who's just terminated their teacher-student romance. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Comedy / Film / LGBTQ+ / Music / On Video Chicago Underground Film Festival at 25: A look back," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of dorky

circa 1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Dorky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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