- ☆ a student who studies very hard; grind
- ☆ any very studious or hardworking person, often, specif., one preoccupied with a particular subject or field
Origin of wonkback-formation ; from wonky
- A student who studies excessively; a grind.
- One who studies an issue or topic thoroughly or excessively: “leading a talkathon of policy wonks in a methodical effort to build consensus for his programs” (Michael Kranish).
Origin of wonkOrigin unknown.
wonk - Computer Definition
Refers to someone who studies a subject in great depth. It often refers to technical disciplines such as computers and science and is thus synonymous with "geek." However, a "policy wonk" is a person who is deeply involved in government programs and related details. See geek.