\ 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

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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 At times, this final season became too distracted by the romantic travails of its breakout character, Sue Heck (Eden Sher), the eternally earnest, sweetly dorky middle child of the series’ central Heck family. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Middle wraps its run as TV’s most perpetually underrated comedy," 27 May 2018 Drillbit Taylor Remember when Josh Peck went from being the dorky kid in high school on Drake & Josh to a vicious bully who nearly got in a fistfight with Owen Wilson? Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "12 Nostalgic Movies You Need To Binge-Watch On Amazon Prime STAT," 15 Aug. 2017 Her daughter’s increasingly unhinged behavior is threatening her romance with a kind (if incredibly dorky) man who’s moved into their home. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "‘Flower’ proves how hard it is to write a teenage girl," 22 Mar. 2018 Whatever the case, here are a few suggestions for treating your dorky lover. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Ars Technica Valentine’s Day gift guide," 9 Feb. 2018 The classic bag was in vogue more than 20 years ago, then adopted a dorky reputation before its coolness factor recently began to rise again. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Fashion Is Trying to Make Fanny Packs Happen Again," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of dorky

circa 1970, in the meaning defined above

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