\ ˈgēk How to pronounce geek (audio) \

Definition of geek

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

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geekiness noun
geeky \ ˈgē-​kē How to pronounce geeky (audio) \ adjective

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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.

Examples of geek in a Sentence

He was a real geek in high school. was quickly stereotyped as another computer geek
Recent Examples on the Web Donate to their Veterans Build fund in honor of your gear geeks, and maybe encourage them to volunteer with this group to give them more places to use all those tools. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Here’s how to keep clutter out of your home: #GivingTuesday = A gift guide," 28 Nov. 2019 The first day of public testimony in the impeachment hearings in Washington, D.C., Wednesday lasted about 5 ½ hours, which is more time than even most of us political geeks wanted to devote to watching it. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Life hack -- Watch the impeachment inquiry on double speed," 18 Nov. 2019 For Encore! — an original docuseries that’ll debut November 12 on Disney+ — former teenage drama geeks are asked to reconvene at their alma mater to re-stage their old musical. Lynette Rice,, "Everything you need to know Disney+ series Encore! from co-creator Kristen Bell," 11 Nov. 2019 Cherington succeeded Epstein, who ignited this whole geek craze back in 2002 when he was named general manager of the Red Sox at the age of 28., "“Chaim is really sharp and has a deserved reputation in the game,’’ Epstein stated. “He is a great guy to boot. I’m excited for him and the Red Sox.’’," 26 Oct. 2019 If the Rockets’ offense is an analytical maven’s dream, fueled almost exclusively by 3-point shots and paint points, the Spurs last season were something out a number geek’s nightmare. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs would like to add 3-ball to offense — but how?," 15 Oct. 2019 But there was a less visible reason for the alliance: As the debacle of graphically illustrated, Obama badly needed a geek squad. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Mandi Wright and Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press OK, science geeks, get ready to celebrate. Joe Cybulski, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State's Chemistry Club builds 'world's largest periodic table'," 23 Oct. 2019 In 1976, a Princeton physicist named Gerard K. O’Neill wrote a populist case for moving into space called The High Frontier, a book beloved by sci-fi geeks, NASA functionaries, and aging hippies. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of geek

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for geek

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

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3 Dec 2019

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“Geek.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of geek

chiefly US, informal
: 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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