- 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: a policy wonk.
Origin of wonk
Examples from the Web for wonk
He hired a disaffected ex-Democratic wonk as his top social-policy guy.Paul Ryan: Still a Total Jerk
April 3, 2014
He saw a problem, and—as a self-proclaimed “wonk”—immediately moved to solve it.What Paul Ryan Gets Wrong About ‘Inner-City’ Poverty
March 12, 2014
But before long, Morgan was ready to get off the wonk and back to the Oval Office.Piers Morgan Pesters Clintons About 2016 Plans At CGI
September 25, 2013
The ACA and every wonk assumes rational people who can make good financial decisions.How Obamacare Looks On the Ground
June 5, 2013
Heather Ryan is a graduate of Drake University and wonk living in the heart of presidential political bliss in Iowa.Pageant Moms Aren't All Crazy
May 18, 2011
- informal a person who is obsessively interested in a specified subjecta foreign policy wonk
Word Origin and History for wonk
"overly studious person," 1954, American English student slang, popularized 1993 during Clinton administration in U.S.; perhaps a shortening of British slang wonky "shaky, unreliable." Or perhaps a variant of British slang wanker "masturbator." It was earlier British naval slang for "midshipman" (1929).