- a student who spends much time studying and has little or no social life; grind.
- a stupid, boring, or unattractive person.
- a person who studies a subject or issue in an excessively assiduous and thorough manner: a policy wonk.
Origin of wonk
Examples from the Web for wonkish
If he does, he might come across as too wonkish and too aggressive to connect with voters.What Makes Ted Cruz Tick?
April 2, 2013
Quiet and wonkish, Santos, a U.S.-trained economist, nonetheless won by a landslide in 2010.The Killing of Guerrilla Leader Boosts Violence-Weary Colombia
November 13, 2011
Insiders have long touted Christie Vilsack as a more spirited and combative politician than her wonkish husband.Democratic Women Vow a Comeback
October 29, 2011
The most vocal skeptics so far of the new Afghanistan policy are mostly left-of-center and largely confined to wonkish circles.Obama's Democratic Backlash Over Afghanistan
August 17, 2009
- informal a person who is obsessively interested in a specified subjecta foreign policy wonk
Word Origin and History for wonkish
"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).