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
geekdomplay \ˈgēk-dəm\ noun
geekyplay \ˈgē-kē\ adjective
Examples of geek in a Sentence
He was a real geek in high school.
was quickly stereotyped as another computer geek
Recent Examples of geek from the Web
The dry rosés of Provence, once sought out only by wine geeks, struck pop culture gold in 2012 when former power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased one of the region’s leading wine estates and later married on the property.
Curt Barrentine is a financial services executive and self-professed geek who uses several Echos as well as a Google Home device at his house and has installed an Amazon Echo Show (which adds a screen to the Echo speaker) for an elderly relative.
Nancy Wang Yuen (Ph.D. UCLA, 2008) is a sociologist, documentary producer, and pop culture geek.
Victoria Justice stars in this geek vs. chic teen comedy, which was filmed in 2014 but didn't reach theaters until April of this year.
Eau Claire has received national attention lately thanks to Vernon's 3-year-old festival, beloved by music geeks for its eclectic lineup and whimsy.
The guy sitting in the back wore some kind of t-shirt about a geek ghetto squad.
The girls with older fathers who were surveyed did not score significantly high on the geek index.
Here, Haddock chats with T&C about embracing her inner geek, life as a working mother, and the extreme training required to star opposite robots.
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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
First Known Use: 1912See Words from the same year
GEEK Defined for English Language Learners
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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