There are 2 main definitions of geek in English:


Syllabification: geek
Pronunciation: /ɡēk


1An unfashionable or socially inept person.
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  • His attempts to play a socially inept geek are awkward.
  • They weren't even socially dysfunctional geeks.
  • They were a group made up mostly of men who were all nerds and geeks and dorks in high school who went on to become brilliant and funny and irresistible in college.
1.1 [usually with modifier] A knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast: a computer geek
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  • I've also been a computer geek hobbyist for about 20 years, but I couldn't program or solder my way out of a paper bag.
  • Wine tasters have their own vocabulary or jargon, just like other groups of enthusiasts: computer geeks, ballroom dancers, etc.
  • I responded in a manner befitting a grown adult and fellow professional in the computer geek press.
2A carnival performer who performs wild or disgusting acts.
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  • Rock musicians get paid for looking like carnival geeks and not making music.
  • Carnival geeks and circus freaks just don't get enough screen time, but this makes up for that in spades, capturing its sideshow milieu with all the seedy grandeur that it demanded.
  • It is a wild free for all three ring big top featuring ethical geeks, moral contortionists and fat sweaty white guys on slack media wires.


[no object] (geek out) Back to top  
1Engage in or discuss computer-related tasks obsessively or with great attention to technical detail: we all geeked out for a bit and exchanged ICQ/MSN/AOL/website information keep it simple or geek out and create multiple playlists on the move
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  • With this summer's hot gadgets, you can geek out on the go.
  • Of course, I geeked out on some of the mechanisms.
  • They also offer computer video game trailers from time to time, so you can fully geek out if you need to.
1.1Be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of specialist or minority interest: I am totally geeking out over this upcoming film
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  • I have been geeking out on campus politics for years.
  • A pair of superb documentaries offers visitors to Harbourfront Centre's Beats, Breaks & Culture festival of electronic music a chance to geek out whenever they're not enslaved to rhythms elsewhere.
  • I usually tune into a show only after my critic chums have geeked out over it so often that I feel naked without an opinion.


late 19th century: from the related English dialect geck 'fool', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gek 'mad, silly'.



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  • What distinguishes Kitson from the comedy crowd is his geekiness.
  • There is, of course, no surer way to condemn yourself to geekiness than to desperately claim you are not geeky.
  • Many choose to proclaim their geekiness, real or contrived, with a calculator watch.


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  • He needs to lose weight, get a proper haircut, shed some of those geekish clothes and, in general, to get with the program.
  • They complained that the commentators often seemed to be making fun of the geekish enthusiasms of the operators.
  • Also female learners can find it difficult to engage with the seemingly geekish male culture of computer games.


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  • Do kids in England like to beat up on geeky kids who are into magic?
  • I shivered in my pin-striped apron and geeky white uniform, sipping on free chocolate milk.
  • As for roles I want to see emerge, I want to see more films where geeky people usually relegated to sidekick roles are in charge.

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Australian /NZ informal
A look: there was a lot I wanted to have a geek at


early 20th century: from Scots and northern English dialect geck 'toss the head scornfully'.

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