VIDEO FOR GEEK
What Is The Difference Between "Geek" And "Nerd"?
These two words have a lot more in common than you might think, from their original meanings to the way they've changed over time.
Origin of geek
historical usage of geek
OTHER WORDS FROM geekgeeky, adjective
Words nearby geek
ABOUT THIS WORD
What is a geek?
A geek is a person who is an expert or fan of technology and computers, as in He gave the assignment to the geeks in the IT department.
Geek is also used more generally to refer to someone who is especially passionate or knowledgeable about something, as in Shawna is the biggest Star Trek geek I know, going to all the conventions.
A geek is also someone who is judged to be too intelligent and socially awkward or just quirky or odd, especially in high school groups, as in At my high school, the geeks got along with the goths but hated the jocks.
In the past, the word geek was used to refer specifically to a carnival performer who performed disgusting acts. Today, this usage is incredibly rare, and you can use geek as an insult or endearment, especially when describing yourself.
Geek can be used as a verb to mean to express intense enthusiasm about something or to discuss it passionately, as in My friends were all geeking out about the new Spider-Man movie.
Example: My dad has always been a baseball geek, telling me all of the stats and who the upcoming stars will be.
Where does geek come from?
The first records of geek come from around 1915. It probably comes from a variant of the Scottish geck, meaning “fool,” from the Low German gek. In the past, geek was used to refer to a performer who would make a fool of themselves for others’ entertainment. Nowadays, the word geek usually describes an intelligent person.
The word geek is very similar to the word nerd, which is often used interchangeably to describe (and be mean to) the same kinds of people. While geek and nerd can still be insults today, when you label yourself as a geek or nerd, it’s a positive description, possibly. You can learn more at “What Are The Differences Between ‘Nerds,’ ‘Geeks,’ And ‘Dorks’?”
Did you know … ?
How is geek used in real life?
Geek is a common word that has a wide usage. Many people proudly identify themselves as geeks, especially if they are fans of or enthusiastic about something. Yet geek is still negatively used to refer to people who are deemed uncool by the speaker or are smart but socially awkward.
Someone’s come to fix our dishwasher and I’m such a geek I’m sitting in the kitchen asking lots of detailed questions about its diagnostic modes.
— Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) January 22, 2019
I've started watching the show The Big Bang Theory and love it. I'm finding my inner geek. Actually, who am I kidding- I am a geek :)
— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) March 30, 2011
If you were a bullied geek at school plotting a lifetime revenge on the cool kids, you’ll have a decent and satisfying life as an auditor.
— Marek Zmyslowski (@marekchinedu) October 27, 2017
Try using geek!
True or False?
A comic book geek is a person who is passionate about comic books.
How to use geek in a sentence
I was thrilled, it really spoke to me — I felt like I was both a freak and a geek at different times in high school.
Ironically, they’re two of the most powerful Avengers around, but geek hierarchy dictates their roles would be of the supporting variety in any Avengers movie get-together while big guns threw shields, hammers and fists.‘WandaVision’ on Disney Plus gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple|David Betancourt|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
To get out the vote and fundraise for the 2020 election, she partnered with geek icons like David Tennant of Doctor Who fame and the cast of Supernatural.Can Captain America serve two dramatically different versions of America?|Aja Romano|January 12, 2021|Vox
In the 47 states other than Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana, only the geeks knew anything about him.Nick Saban continues a stretch unmatched in the history of college football|Chuck Culpepper|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
He is the type of geek who loves to explore subjects ranging from Marketing to Lifestyle and Money Saving.How to use heatmaps to level up your content marketing game|Lyuthar Jacob|December 18, 2020|Search Engine Watch
He grew up both a computer geek in the early days of video games and an avid record collector.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I was a choir geek, and then got frustrated and took an acting class and realized that was the thing for me.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every geek in the Free Culture movement had the idea for Kickstarter years before Kickstarter actually existed.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure, but I was more of a musical theater geek than a Disney fan.Anna Kendrick on Feminism, #GamerGate, and the Celebrity Hacking Attack|Marlow Stern|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the geek, Lionel (Tyler James Williams), is a closeted gay who finds himself alienated by blacks and whites.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films|Marlow Stern|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion, as necessary and dangerous as file sharing, free speech, and bottled water on a plane.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
"A notorious geek and gull," I said, borrowing from a more distinguished writer.
When a geek prince hired out as a laborer for a year on Niflheim, he did so for only one purpose—to learn Terran technologies.
Any question of geek psychology is wide open as far as I'm concerned; the longer I stay here, the less I understand it.
"I heard what happened, how they found him, and about that geek chamber-valet being arrested," von Schlichten said.