Wonk meaning

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An individual 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. See geek.
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A student who studies excessively; a grind.
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One who studies an issue or topic thoroughly or excessively.
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A student who studies very hard; grind.
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Any very studious or hardworking person, often, specif., one preoccupied with a particular subject or field.
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(derogatory) An overly studious person, particularly student; a nerd.
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(by extension) A policy wonk or other intellectual expert.
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Origin of wonk

  • Origin unknown

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

  • American English student slang 1954; perhaps navy slang before that. Expert sense popularized in the Clinton administration, 1993.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain, possibly from wonky (“shaky, unreliable") or wank, wanker , or simply expressive.

    From Wiktionary