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wonk

[wongk] /wɒŋk/
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
1960-1965
1960-65, Americanism; of expressive orig.; nautical slang wonk “a midshipman,” Australian slang: “white person, homosexual” are probably independent formations
Related forms
wonkish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wonks

wonk

/wɒŋk/
noun
1.
(informal) a person who is obsessively interested in a specified subject: a foreign policy wonk
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for wonks

wonk

n.

"overly studious person," 1954, American English student slang, popularized 1993 during Clinton administration in U.S.; perhaps a shortening of British slang wonky "shaky, unreliable." Or perhaps a variant of British slang wanker "masturbator." It was earlier British naval slang for "midshipman" (1929).

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Slang definitions & phrases for wonks

wonder

Related Terms

nine-days' wonder, ninety-day wonder


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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