wonk

[wongk]
noun Slang.
1.
a student who spends much time studying and has little or no social life; grind.
2.
a stupid, boring, or unattractive person.
3.
a person who studies a subject or issue in an excessively assiduous and thorough manner: a policy wonk.

Origin:
1960–65, Americanism; of expressive orig.; nautical slang wonk “a midshipman,” Australian slang: “white person, homosexual” are probably independent formations

wonkish, adjective
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wonk (wɒŋk)
 
n
informal a person who is obsessively interested in a specified subject: a foreign policy wonk
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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wonk
"overly studious person," 1954, Amer.Eng. student slang, popularized 1993 during Clinton administration in U.S.; perhaps a shortening of Brit. slang wonky "shaky, unreliable" (1919), which perhaps is from Ger. wankel- or from from surviving dialectal words based on O.E. wancol "shaky, tottering" (see
wench). Or perhaps a variant of Brit. slang wanker "masturbator." It was earlier British naval slang for "midshipman" (1929).
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wonk definition

[wɔŋk]
  1. n.
    an earnest student. (Collegiate.) : Yes, you could call Martin a wonk. In fact, he's the classic wonk.
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Example sentences
Translated from the wonk, that means no more intercontinental ballistic missiles.
But it's the world-wide network of volunteer field agents that's turned this service into a weather wonk favorite.
Tom is a witty wonk who has made policymaking as enjoyable as his friendship.
There's often talk in this city about a policy-wonk mentality.
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