\ 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 With annual geek mecca San Diego Comic-Con canceled this year due to coronavirus, Warner Bros. is holding a free 24-hour online event on Aug. 22 called DC FanDome. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "No Comic-Con, no problem: DC to hold its own superhero-filled virtual pop-culture convention in August," 17 June 2020 Tech geeks will enjoy new technology allowing use of a smartphone to monitor the trailer. cleveland, "Really big rides: Piloting the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD," 30 May 2020 So how can a true Star Wars geek stand out from the pack? David Kender, USA TODAY, "The 12 craziest things Star Wars fans actually own," 4 May 2020 Comic-Con is the most important geek event of the year, with 135,000 people descending upon the San Diego Convention Center for 2019's convention. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "San Diego Comic-Con Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic," 17 Apr. 2020 The annual gathering of electronics-makers and phone geeks announced the cancellation just weeks before it was set to begin, in late February, for the sake of safety. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference," 9 Mar. 2020 Hashimoto is best known for inventing the ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A hack found in multiple video games that has became a geek touchstone in the gaming community. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Kazuhisa Hashimoto, inventor of the Konami Code used in multiple video games, is dead," 26 Feb. 2020 In early December tens of thousands of mostly male geeks descend on America’s gambling capital in hope not of winnings but of wisdom about Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s biggest cloud-computing provider. The Economist, "Infrastructure Should data be crunched at the centre or at the edge?," 20 Feb. 2020 Steak that’s dry-aged for months at a time develops white mold on it and can give the steak a natural stinky-cheese funk — one that some steak geeks love. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Eww? Burger King lets Whopper rot to prove its dedication to ‘real food’," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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“Geek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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