dorky

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

Definition of dorky

slang
: 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 Al is hyper-competent and unapologetically dorky while Riley is goodhearted and less ambitious, presenting like a hunky male model. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Why the controversy around ‘United States of Al’ is overblown," 1 Apr. 2021 Over at Baxter High, this dorky band called the Stone Philosphers shows up to Fright Club’s practice in Buddy Holly glasses and hairstyles straight out of the 1960s because this show is set in the present day. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: Dreams (and Nightmares) From My Father," 1 Jan. 2021 These two both have a bit of a dorky side, but in the best way possible. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "A Definitive Timeline of Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel's Romance," 2 Sep. 2020 Vinyl records became lame as CDs took over, and now streaming services rule the Earth and CDs are dorky. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Looking to Buy or Lease? A Word of Advice," 3 July 2020 And now, one of my greatest comforts comes from being that braces-wearing, dorky girl again, leaping triumphantly past fire-breathing dragons and hammer-throwing turtles. New York Times, "The Joy of a Junky Old Nintendo," 18 May 2020 The newest $249 Pro edition, improves on the original with better sound, enhanced fit in the ear and a less dorky look. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Top gadgets of the decade," 28 Dec. 2019 During a deposition, Gates was combative and condescending to his interrogators, showing the public a confrontational aspect of his personality that his dorky appearance may have masked. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Bill Gates cuts formal ties with Microsoft, marking the end of an era," 13 Mar. 2020 As far as dorky corporate shticks are concerned, at least this one has the potential to briefly flash the discourse back to a simpler time. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dorky

circa 1970, in the meaning defined above

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6 Apr 2021

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“Dorky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dorky. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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