Geek meaning

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(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.
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(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.

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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 when geeks were carnival performers who did freaky things like biting off the head of a chicken. See uber geek, nerd and Geekonics.
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(slang) A person regarded as being especially enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and skillful, esp. in technical matters.
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The definition of a geek is a slang word for a computer expert, someone who loves computers or someone who is socially or physically awkward.

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.

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A carnival performer whose show consists of bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken.
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To excite emotionally.

I'm geeked about that new video game.

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A performer of grotesque or depraved acts in a carnival, etc., such as biting off the head of a live chicken.
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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.
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Anyone considered to be socially awkward, especially those with excessive interests in computers or related technologies. See also nerd and techie.
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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. Geek.com.Geek. [Online, 2004.] Geek.com Website. http://www.geek .com/glossary/glossary_search.cgi?geek.
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(dated) A carnival performer specializing in bizarre and unappetizing behavior.

I once saw a geek bite the head off a live chicken.

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(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?

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(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.
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(colloquial) An unfashionable or socially undesirable person.

Why do you hang around with them? They’re just geeks.

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(colloquial) To get high on cocaine.
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(Australia, colloquial) A look.

Have a geek at this.

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Origin of geek

  • Perhaps alteration of dialectal geck fool from Low German gek from Middle Low German

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the British dialectal term geck (“fool”), from Low German Geck, from Middle Low German; The root still survives in the Dutch gek (“crazy”) and gekkie (“crazy person”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably related to keek; compare German gucken (“look”), kieken (“look”).

    From Wiktionary