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

Definition of dorky

: foolishly stupid : clueless

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 El, Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Sam have outgrown their dorky-cute phase. Lorraine Alitelevision Critic, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 But longer shorts are making a stab at acceptability again in ways that some men welcome and other men consider irredeemably dorky. Jamie Waters, WSJ, 24 May 2022 The result, as Pickman accurately points out, was that endurance road rigs always had a dorky rep as an old man’s bike. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2021 But unlike the first film, Sonic 2 has a daft sense of fun that feels totally self-assured, a proper blend of kid-friendly gags and deeply dorky world building, complete with post-credit sequences and ever-expanding lore. David Sims, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 Meet Mei Lee, a dorky 13-year-old torn between remaining a dutiful daughter to her overprotective mother and the chaos of adolescence. Rodney Ho, ajc, 7 Mar. 2022 That Leonard is better suited to Sandra seems obvious until Michelle takes him out for the night, and this shlumpy, melancholic man dives onto the dance floor to show off some dorky but ambitious moves. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 As the cheerfully dorky best friend of Greg, the titular wimpy kid, Rowley emanates inborn self-acceptance—a pointed contrast to Greg’s flailing efforts to become the coolest boy in middle school. Julian Towers, The New Yorker, 26 Jan. 2022 Turning Red introduces Mei Lee, voiced by Rosalie Chiang, as a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 Jun. 2022.

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