A couple of geeks.
- An example of a geek is a person who has fun spending his entire day figuring out how computers work.
- An example of a geek is a person who has a genius IQ but is very uncomfortable in social settings.
- a performer of grotesque or depraved acts in a carnival, etc., such as biting off the head of a live chicken
- Slang any person considered to be different from others in a negative or bizarre way, as a teenager seen as being socially or physically awkward
- Slang a person regarded as being especially enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and skillful, esp. in technical matters
Origin of geekfrom dialect, dialectal geck, fool from Dutch gek, madman, fool from Middle Low German geck: origin, originally echoic of unintelligible cries
- a. A person regarded as foolish, inept, or clumsy.b. A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
- A carnival performer whose show consists of bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken.
transitive verbgeeked, geek·ing, geeks
Origin of geekPerhaps alteration of dialectal geck fool from Low German gek from Middle Low German
- (dated) A carnival performer specializing in bizarre and unappetizing behavior.
- I once saw a geek bite the head off a live chicken.
- (colloquial) A person who is intensely interested in a particular field or hobby and usually asocial. Often used with an attributive noun.
- I was a complete computer geek in high school, but I get out a lot more now.
- Most famous actors are really theater geeks at heart.
- (colloquial, by extension) An expert in a technical field, particularly one having to do with computers.
- My laptop’s locked up again. I need a geek.
- Do you need a hardware geek or a software geek?
- (colloquial) The subculture of geeks; an esoteric subject of interest that is marginal to the social mainstream; the philosophy, events, and physical artifacts of geeks.
- (colloquial) An unfashionable or socially undesirable person.
- Why do you hang around with them? They’re just geeks.
(third-person singular simple present geeks, present participle geeking, simple past and past participle geeked)
- (colloquial) To get high on cocaine.
- (Australia, colloquial) A look.
- Have a geek at this.
geek - Computer Definition
- A performer in carnival sideshows whose act consists of grotesque or depraved acts, such as biting the heads off live chickens or snakes.The origin of the term is uncertain. Some suggest it has roots in the Low German gek, meaning fool. Others suggest it is echoic of unintelligible cries, much like eek.
- Anyone considered to be socially awkward, especially those with excessive interests in computers or related technologies. See also nerd and techie.
One use of this term dates from the 1920s and referred to a carnival actor who, among other things, bit off the heads of chickens. In the 1960s and 1970s, a geek was a derogatory term given to smart social outcasts stereotyped as wearing thick glasses and plastic shirt-pocket protectors. Currently the term geek has a broader and less derogatory connotation for specialists in various fields of knowledge, including computer-savvy individuals, some of whom like to hack systems. Computer geeks, as they approach their thirties, often tend to find well-paying jobs such as system administrators or system architects.
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A technically oriented person. It has typically implied a "nerdy" or "weird" personality, someone with limited social skills who likes to tinker with scientific or high-tech projects. The origin of the term dates back to the late 1800s. A geek was a carnival performer who bit off the head of a chicken or was part of a freak show. Much More in Vogue Today By the end of the 1990s, it became quite fashionable to be a geek, since countless technical people had become very successful, starting with PCs in the 1980s and throughout the dot-com bubble. See uber geek, nerd and Geekonics.