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

play \ˈwäŋ-kish\ adjective

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

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Origin and Etymology of wonk

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WONK Defined for English Language Learners

wonk

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noun

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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