wonk

noun
\ 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

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Other Words from wonk

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

Synonyms for wonk

Synonyms

bookworm, dink [slang], dork [slang], geek, grind, nerd, swot [British], weenie

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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

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The data wonks and eggheads who now control the sport have taken one of the game’s most fundamental numbers, chewed it up and spat out its tattered remains like a bag of sunflower seeds. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Mets Are So Bad They Killed the Win," 7 Aug. 2018 Claire and Owen are accompanied by two younger tech wonks, paleo-veterinarian Zia (an appealing Daniella Pineda) and computer expert/scaredy-cat Franklin (Justice Smith). Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "The new ‘Jurassic World’ is kind of a Tyrannosaurus wreck," 20 June 2018 This is a longtime favorite climate policy among economists and wonks. David Roberts, Vox, "Washington votes no on a carbon tax — again," 6 Nov. 2018 Not complicated policy wonk language or confusing acronyms. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018 Higher education policy wonks suspected the new debt-collection contracts could be in jeopardy with the creation of the platform. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Education Dept. cancels contracts with two firms to collect on student debt," 4 May 2018 The turnaround was orchestrated by a small team of analytics wonks in the front office, led by chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, who was Billy Beane’s... Jon Hartley, WSJ, "Behavioral Economics May Make Champs of the Cleveland Browns," 1 Feb. 2019 Perhaps that label will no longer be applied to a bunch of hapless wonks and economists. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate activists to Nancy Pelosi: go big or we won’t go home," 14 Nov. 2018 For defense wonks, today was bigger than Christmas. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Care About America's Next Bomber," 27 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of wonk

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wonk

origin unknown

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wonk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wonk

US, informal + sometimes disapproving : a person who knows a lot about the details of a particular field (such as politics) and often talks a lot about that subject

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