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informal

noun

1An unfashionable or socially inept person.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[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.

Derivatives

geekdom

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Given how critical your choice of operating system is, only a buffoon would act on the word of the massed ranks of geekdom or, indeed, the inflated opinions of an itinerant scribe.
  • I hereby declare myself a fully paid up member of computer geekdom.
  • Comic fandom is something I am very comfortable with (I come a branch of geekdom that speaks a different dialect, but there is still mutual intelligibility).

geekish

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adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Whether white and sticky or plastic and magnetic, there is just something so mortifyingly geekish about wearing a name tag.

Origin

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

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  • This is originally US slang from the related English dialect word geck ‘fool’, from a Germanic source. It is related to Dutch gek ‘mad, silly’. In Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language of 1954, the definition read: Geek, a carnival ‘wild man' whose act usually includes biting off the head of a live chicken or snake’.

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noun

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

Origin

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

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  • This is originally US slang from the related English dialect word geck ‘fool’, from a Germanic source. It is related to Dutch gek ‘mad, silly’. In Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language of 1954, the definition read: Geek, a carnival ‘wild man' whose act usually includes biting off the head of a live chicken or snake’.

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