wonk

[ wongk ]
/ wɒŋk /

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: a policy wonk.

Origin of wonk

1960–65, Americanism; of expressive orig.; nautical slang wonk “a midshipman,” Australian slang: “white person, homosexual” are probably independent formations

Related forms

wonk·ish, adjective
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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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