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  1. a digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others).
  2. a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity:

    a foreign-film geek.

  3. a peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, or socially awkward.
  4. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

verb (used without object)

  1. to be overexcited about a specialized subject or activity, or to talk about it with excessive enthusiasm (usually followed by out ):

    I could geek out about sci-fi for hours.


/ ɡiːk /


  1. a person who is preoccupied with or very knowledgeable about computing
  2. a boring and unattractive social misfit
  3. a degenerate

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgeeky, adjective

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Other Words From

  • geeky adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of geek1

First recorded in 1915–20; probably variant of geck (mainly Scots ) “fool,” from Dutch or Low German gek

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Word History and Origins

Origin of geek1

C19: probably variant of Scottish geck fool, from Middle Low German geck

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Example Sentences

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.

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.

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In the 47 states other than Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana, only the geeks knew anything about him.

He is the type of geek who loves to explore subjects ranging from Marketing to Lifestyle and Money Saving.

He grew up both a computer geek in the early days of video games and an avid record collector.

But I was a choir geek, and then got frustrated and took an acting class and realized that was the thing for me.

Every geek in the Free Culture movement had the idea for Kickstarter years before Kickstarter actually existed.

Sure, but I was more of a musical theater geek than a Disney fan.

And the geek, Lionel (Tyler James Williams), is a closeted gay who finds himself alienated by blacks and whites.

A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion, as necessary and dangerous as file sharing, free speech, and bottled water on a plane.

"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.


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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’?

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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.

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A comic book geek is a person who is passionate about comic books.