(by extension) A policy wonk or other intellectual expert.
Other Word Forms of Wonk
Origin of Wonk
American English student slang 1954; perhaps navy slang before that. Expert sense popularized in the Clinton administration, 1993.
Origin uncertain, possibly from wonky (“shaky, unreliable") or wank, wanker , or simply expressive.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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