transitive verbgrok·ked, grok·king, groks Slang
Origin of grokCoined by Robert A. Heinlein in his Stranger in a Strange Land.
(third-person singular simple present groks, present participle grokking, simple past and past participle grokked)
- (slang) To have or to have acquired an intuitive understanding of; to know (something) without having to think (such as knowing the number of objects in a collection without needing to count them: see subitize).
- (slang) To fully and completely understand something in all its details and intricacies.
- He groks Perl.
- I find it exceedingly doubtful that any person groks quantum mechanics.
Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) in which the word is described as being from the word for â€œto drinkâ€ and, figuratively, â€œto drink in all available aspects of realityâ€, â€œto become one with the observedâ€ in Heinleinâ€™s fictitious Martian language.
grok - Computer Definition
To have a thorough understanding of a subject. The word comes from Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land," and it means "to drink" in Martian. Of course. But more specifically in the book, it meant to take something in so thoroughly that it becomes part of you.