dork

noun
\ ˈdȯrk How to pronounce dork (audio) \

Definition of dork

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

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Synonyms for dork

Synonyms

bookworm, dink [slang], geek, grind, nerd, swot [British], weenie, wonk

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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.

Examples of dork in a Sentence

I look like a complete dork in these clothes.

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Joana was more like the kid waving her arms like a dork and dancing along to the music with her friends. cleveland.com, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Joana was more like the kid waving her arms like a dork and dancing along to the music with her friends. Abby Ohlheiser, Twin Cities, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Joana was more like the kid waving her arms like a dork and dancing along to the music with her friends. cleveland.com, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Joana was more like the kid waving her arms like a dork and dancing along to the music with her friends. Abby Ohlheiser, Twin Cities, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Joana was more like the kid waving her arms like a dork and dancing along to the music with her friends. cleveland.com, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Joana was more like the kid waving her arms like a dork and dancing along to the music with her friends. cleveland.com, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Instagram is this fun, dumb thing to be a little bit of a dork on and to kind of promote the movie. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'The Art of Self-Defense' filmmaker Riley Stearns talks toxic masculinity and tattoos," 18 July 2019 Joana was more like the kid waving her arms like a dork and dancing along to the music with her friends. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen. She’s trying to stay that way.," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of dork

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dork

perhaps alteration of dick

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dork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dork

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

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