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wonk

[ wongk ]
/ wɒŋk /
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noun Slang.
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: They’re searching for a policy wonk to lead the economic institute’s think tank.
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Origin of wonk

An Americanism first recorded in 1960–65; of expressive origin; nautical slang wonk “a midshipman,” and Australian slang “white person; gay man” are probably independent formations

OTHER WORDS FROM wonk

wonk·ish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wonk

wonk
/ (wɒŋk) /

noun
informal a person who is obsessively interested in a specified subjecta foreign policy wonk

Word Origin for wonk

C20: of uncertain origin
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