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dork

[dawrk] /dɔrk/
noun
1.
Slang. a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit:
If you make me wear that, I’ll look like a total dork!
Synonyms: jerk, schmo; nerd, geek.
2.
Slang: Vulgar. penis.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; expressive coinage; compare similar phonetic elements in dolt, dong3, jerk1, etc.
Word story
The history of dork is a short one. It’s been around only since the 1950s or 60s, originally as a slang term for “penis.” Most likely dork was just an alternative form of dick, a word that started out as a nickname for Richard—a name meaning “fellow”—but which by the late 1800s, had taken on the additional meaning of “penis” (which is certainly part of a fellow) in British army slang.
By the late 60s, American college students had extended the meaning of dork to refer to a socially awkward person. While at first this sense of dork carried pejorative connotations, the term has since been “taken back” by the people it once so cruelly described, and now can even be given as a compliment. If a girl calls a guy “adorkable” (the combination of “dork” and “adorable”), she means to say he is cute in a socially awkward, yet endearing way.
Geeks and nerds, while still dorky, are generally considered more intelligent than dorks. Next time you call someone a dork think about its short history in the English language, and reflect upon what a word nerd you are.
Related Quotations
“[O]ver there he wouldn’t be no fatboy or dork or kid no girl had ever loved; over there he’d be a hero, an avenger.“
—Juno Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
“[W]hile I’m definitely a dork, I’m not a nerd...I’m lucky that they’re popular enough that they don’t have to worry about…being seen with a dork like me.“
—Robin Friedman, The Girlfriend Project (2007)
“The terror-image he had was of having to go naked into a communal shower and having the other draftees laugh at the size of his dork.“
—Desmond Stone, Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself (1996)
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Examples from the web for dork
  • Besides, they make you look like a dork.
  • Wear one and you'd look like a total dork.
  • We are dorks and dweebs.
  • Face it, it's not about age, it's about being a dork.
British Dictionary definitions for dork

dork

/dɔːk/
noun (slang)
1.
a stupid or incompetent person
2.
(US) a penis
Derived Forms
dorky, adjective
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dork
n.

"stupid person," 1967, originally U.S. student slang, perhaps from earlier meaning "penis" (1964), itself probably an alteration of dick. Related: Dorky; dorkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dork

dork

noun
  1. The penis: the glorious acrobatics she can perform while dangling from the end of my dork (1964+)
  2. A despicable person; jerk, prick: a frightened, virtuous dork (1970s+ Students)
verb

To do the sex act with or to; ruin or confound as if by violating sexually; fuck, screw: I said to myself, ''I dorked him,'' but the ball just kept floating like it was floating on air (1970s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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