\ ˈwäŋk How to pronounce wonk (audio) , ˈwȯŋk How to pronounce wonk (audio) \

Definition of wonk

: a person preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field broadly : nerd a policy wonk a computer wonk

Other Words from wonk

wonkery \ ˈwäŋ-​kə-​rē How to pronounce wonk (audio) , ˈwȯŋ-​ \ noun
wonkish \ ˈwäŋ-​kish How to pronounce wonk (audio) , ˈwȯŋ-​ \ adjective
wonkishness noun

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Examples of wonk in a Sentence

the policy wonks in the government the candidate has an army of policy wonks ready to write for him a position paper on virtually any issue
Recent Examples on the Web On the issues Moore has described himself as a policy wonk who will get into the weeds of governing. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 23 July 2022 In a wonk-fest like the World Economic Forum, jargon is everywhere. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 26 May 2022 The post is still a dream job for Wu — a former Democratic city councilor and policy wonk in the mold of mentor Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Steve Leblanc, ajc, 8 Apr. 2022 Up until the last year or so, Jack Ciattarelli was mostly known as a moderate policy wonk with a hard-to-pronounce last name. Dustin Racioppi, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 But in spite of the mounting body count in America’s cities, the prospect of defunding America’s police force still seems to capture the imagination of a certain class of progressive wonk. Nate Hochman, National Review, 7 Oct. 2021 The Senate’s wonk-in-chief has once again shown who’s really in charge as lawmakers try to push $3.5 trillion in spending through an arcane budget rule. Philip Elliott, Time, 20 Sep. 2021 George Skelton looked at the effort by Republican Kevin Faulconer, the former San Diego mayor, to run his recall election campaign as a policy wonk. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 These similarities have little to do with actual policy, but neither Bryan nor Trump sold himself as a policy wonk. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 9 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wonk

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wonk

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29 Jul 2022

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“Wonk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonk. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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