verb (used with object)

to understand thoroughly and intuitively.

verb (used without object)

to communicate sympathetically.

Origin of grok

coined by Robert A. Heinlein in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grokking

Contemporary Examples of grokking

  • In the parlance of the day, he achieved the photographic equivalent of ''grokking'' his subjects.

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    The Kings of Kodachrome

    Philip Gefter

    February 18, 2010

Word Origin and History for grokking



"to understand empathically," 1961, arbitrary formation by U.S. science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) in his book "Stranger in a Strange Land." In popular use 1960s; perhaps obsolete now except in internet technology circles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper