Origin of dork
By the late 60s, American college students had extended the meaning of dork to refer to a socially awkward person. While at first this sense of dork carried pejorative connotations, the term has since been “taken back” by the people it once so cruelly described, and now can even be given as a compliment. If a girl calls a guy “adorkable” (the combination of “dork” and “adorable”), she means to say he is cute in a socially awkward, yet endearing way.
Geeks and nerds, while still dorky, are generally considered more intelligent than dorks. Next time you call someone a dork think about its short history in the English language, and reflect upon what a word nerd you are.
— King Dork: A coming-of-age novel by Frank Portman, first published in 2006.
—Son of Dork: A powerpop band from the UK.
— Dork Tower: An online comic by John Kovalic.
- "[O]ver there he wouldn’t be no fatboy or dork or kid no girl had ever loved; over there he’d be a hero, an avenger."-Juno Díaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
- "[W]hile I’m definitely a dork, I’m not a nerd...I’m lucky that they’re popular enough that they don’t have to worry about…being seen with a dork like me."-Robin Friedman The Girlfriend Project (2007)
- "The terror-image he had was of having to go naked into a communal shower and having the other draftees laugh at the size of his dork."-Desmond Stone Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself (1996)
Examples from the Web for dork
As with any new device, fears came up about privacy, security, the fear of looking like a dork, and piracy.Google Glass Is Helping Doctors Save Lives. Maybe It’s Time to Reconsider the Poorly Received Technology.|Valerie Vande Panne|March 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so on down the line it would go, until at last, lowliest of the low, would be Doug, the Chagrin High dork.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the number of folks who dork out over the latest cool gizmos is actually a relatively small slice of the human population.
But if I tell, I risk seeming like a huge dork... What do you think is the proper etiquette?Garance Doré Signs Book Deal; Lena Dunham Wrote to Sex Columnist About Being a Virgin at Age 19|The Fashion Beast Team|August 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Dork hesitated for a moment, rubbing the bristles upon his chin.
“Neither do they, dork,” Hilda said, giving him an elbow in the ribs.Makers|Cory Doctorow
The earlier forms were dork and durk, and the spelling dirk, adopted by Johnson, represents the pronunciation of the second form.
In one of the waistcoat pockets Mr. Dork found the dead man's silver watch, with a blood-stained ribbon and a worthless gilt seal.
Mr. Dork looked about him in the moonlight, entirely bewildered by the disappearance of Samuel Prodder.
Word Origin for dork
"stupid person," 1967, originally U.S. student slang, perhaps from earlier meaning "penis" (1964), itself probably an alteration of dick. Related: Dorky; dorkiness.