Definition of wonk in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɒŋk/


1North American informal, derogatory A studious or hard-working person: any kid with an interest in science was a wonk
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  • And rows of budding science wonks scratch their heads, look at each other, and wonder: Is that possible?
  • Wilco upped the ante by streaming the full disc on their website, banking that, contrary to industry wonks who decry the negative sales effects of pirating, early exposure would increase interest and sales.
  • At any rate, he concludes that futile exercises in sonic definition are not in his job description; they are the provenance of journalists, publicists, managers, and other music industry wonks.
1.1A person who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy: he is a policy wonk in tune with a younger generation of voters
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  • A wonk, a policy wonk, a detail - oriented person and that is what you need in office, especially for a situation like this.
  • A good literary critic is not a political ideologue or policy wonk.
  • If he is a political animal, he has to become a policy wonk.
2 nautical slang An incompetent or inexperienced sailor, especially a naval cadet.



Example sentences
  • Human beings are not all motivated by wonkish intellectual policy discussion.
  • He is a wonkish man with a raft of proposals.
  • The critique of wonkish environmentalism also echoes several important books from the mid-1990s.


1920s: of unknown origin.

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