wonk

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noun \ˈwäŋk, ˈwȯŋk\

Definition of wonk

  1. :  a person preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field; broadly :  nerd <a policy wonk> <a computer wonk>

wonkery

play \ˈwäŋ-kə-rē\ noun

wonkish

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wonkishness

noun

Examples of wonk in a sentence

  1. the policy wonks in the government

  2. <the candidate has an army of policy wonks ready to write for him a position paper on virtually any issue>

Origin and Etymology of wonk

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1954


WONK Defined for English Language Learners

wonk

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noun \ˈwäŋk, ˈwȯŋk\

Definition of wonk for English Language Learners

  • : 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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