dorkier; dorkiest
: foolishly stupid : clueless
dorkiness noun

Examples of dorky in a Sentence

she's always being embarrassed by her dorky cousins
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dorky was circa 1970

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“Dorky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dorkier; dorkiest
: foolishly stupid
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