Sunday, June 09, 2013
Definitions for wonk
- a stupid, boring, or unattractive person.
- a student who spends much time studying and has little or no social life; grind.
- a person who studies a subject or issue in an excessively assiduous and thorough manner: a policy wonk.
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Citations for wonk
“This is a guy who has been a policy wonk for his adult life, not only interested in what’s going on but really keeping up with it—and he’s smart as hell.”
…Nick…found himself…running up the staris of the Capitol in pursuit of the senator's chief aide, a gangly wonk in glasses…
Origin of wonk
The origin of wonk, a word that entered English as US slang in the 1960s, is unknown, though it might be a shortening of the UK slang wonky.