geek

noun \ ˈgēk \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of geek

1 :a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
2 :a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
3 :an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity
  • computer geek

geekdom

play \ˈgēk-dəm\ noun

geekiness

noun

geeky

play \ˈgē-kē\ adjective

Examples of geek in a Sentence

  1. He was a real geek in high school.

  2. was quickly stereotyped as another computer geek

Recent Examples of geek from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of geek

probably from English dialect geek, geck fool, from Low German geck, from Middle Low German

geek Synonyms


GEEK Defined for English Language Learners

geek

noun

Definition of geek for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is socially awkward and unpopular : a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people

  • : a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity



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