Main definitions of geek in English

: geek1geek2

geek1

noun

informal
  • 1An unfashionable or socially inept person.

    • ‘Technology can help geeks get social in many ways.’
    • ‘Except for the business about the computer (which made me a geek and complete social outcast) this is very typical in Australia.’
    • ‘There was a good reason for letting the geeks and other social out-casts do those things.’
    • ‘It caters to geeks and nerds, is a passionate advocate for the free software movement, and is bottom-up, rather than top-down, because the stuff on the site comes from its users.’
    • ‘Dorks are just geeks with bad skin, but nerds get the ladies.’
    • ‘They were a group made up mostly of men who were all nerds and geeks and dorks in high school who went on to become brilliant and funny and irresistible in college.’
    • ‘This is where a geek with no social skills becomes bizarrely popular with the public.’
    • ‘Some will say that all there are are geeks and nerds in there.’
    • ‘This, ladies and gentlemen, is the difference between a geek and a nerd.’
    • ‘She was tagged as a social hermit and a geek during her stay in Lanesville and she had lived with that.’
    • ‘We had the usual groups; jocks, preps, Goths, emos, nerds, geeks - by the way, I would consider myself in the geek group.’
    • ‘At the time it was still widely referred to as the ‘information superhighway’ and those who knew how to navigate it were dismissed as nerds and geeks.’
    • ‘They weren't even socially dysfunctional geeks.’
    • ‘Most of the editors will readily admit to being any of the following: dorks, nerds, or geeks.’
    • ‘It doesn't affect their grades much since they've got nerds and geeks to do their homework for them and personal private tutors to help them with their occasional examinations.’
    • ‘I was tempted to launch a sarcastic commentary about the difference between nerds and geeks, and their ineffectual nature as insults, but decided it probably wouldn't help.’
    • ‘From dorks to geeks, and everything between, beer has something for everyone.’
    • ‘His attempts to play a socially inept geek are awkward.’
    • ‘Initially, he'd assumed that geeks and nerds were by default withdrawn, shy, mostly losers.’
    • ‘Women do not consider careers in IT because they think they are careers for geeks, nerds, workaholics or all of the above.’
    bore, dull person
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1usually with modifier A knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast.
      ‘a computer geek’
      • ‘Wine tasters have their own vocabulary or jargon, just like other groups of enthusiasts: computer geeks, ballroom dancers, etc.’
      • ‘As the favoured outer garment of trainspotters and computer geeks it was always going to be a laughing stock.’
      • ‘Much to the dismay of many a hardcore computer geek, our world is not a binary system.’
      • ‘Being a closet computer geek since I was seven, I jumped at the opportunity to take Computer Science as a subject in my early high school days.’
      • ‘It was edgy and over-the-top, with enough random cinematic references to keep even the most knowledgeable film geek happy.’
      • ‘Of such things are legends made, amongst obsessive record geeks, at least.’
      • ‘They were computer geeks, and after university found careers in information technology.’
      • ‘I've also been a computer geek hobbyist for about 20 years, but I couldn't program or solder my way out of a paper bag.’
      • ‘How can we take free culture mainstream, and make the movement relevant to people who may not be computer geeks or copyright nerds?’
      • ‘Software geeks are turning into social engineers.’
      • ‘I responded in a manner befitting a grown adult and fellow professional in the computer geek press.’
      • ‘Consume it yourself with roasted pork or bring this as a present to a wine geek friend and prepare to impress with your knowledge of off-the-beaten path wines.’
      • ‘Here's the techno geek stuff: As you know, the Campy binder bolt consists of an Allen bolt that threads into an Allen-headed sleeved nut.’
      • ‘What geeks have, geeks in any field, be it a field like science fiction or a field like tropical fish, is that they are moved to do what they do because of a love and passion for the field above all else.’
      • ‘Call yourself a graphic designer and you're identified as an artsy computer geek being hired to spice up a document with your wizardly technical skill.’
      • ‘Still, as a longtime computer geek, I've seen how brittle, complex and friable computer systems can be.’
      • ‘The result is a breathtaking, psychedelic form of artificial life whose fitness factor is the ability to tickle the aesthetics of computer geeks.’
      • ‘Security experts explain how the web has now entered a sinister new era in which e-gangsters have linked up with computer geeks to follow our money online.’
      • ‘The other was the mental image of me in my best interview suit as a piece of filler at the end of the evening news looking like a complete fanboy geek.’
      • ‘It certainly helps that most of my computer geek friends from fifteen years ago are still part of my contact network.’
      fan, fanatic, devotee, aficionado, addict, lover, admirer, supporter, follower
      View synonyms
  • 2US A performer at a carnival or circus whose show consists of bizarre or grotesque acts.

    • ‘The aforementioned yoga master at least provides some philosophical bric-a-brac to support his sideshow geek demonstrations.’
    • ‘Carnival geeks and circus freaks just don't get enough screen time, but this makes up for that in spades, capturing its sideshow milieu with all the seedy grandeur that it demanded.’
    • ‘It is a wild free for all three ring big top featuring ethical geeks, moral contortionists and fat sweaty white guys on slack media wires.’
    • ‘Rock musicians get paid for looking like carnival geeks and not making music.’

verb

[no object]geek out
informal
  • 1Engage in or discuss computer-related tasks obsessively or with great attention to technical detail.

    ‘we all geeked out for a bit and exchanged ICQ/MSN/AOL/website information’
    ‘keep it simple or geek out and create multiple playlists on the move’
    • ‘I am geeking out on the internet, as I am prone to do, when there is a little knock upon my door.’
    • ‘I blame James for bringing Friendster up on Monday, while a bunch of us were geeking out on our wifi-enabled Powerbooks in the hallway (causing Rebecca to ask, "Remember when we used to talk to each other?").’
    • ‘With this summer's hot gadgets, you can geek out on the go.’
    • ‘I'd love to have Fizzbin on my iPhone just so I can talk (geek out) about it.’
    • ‘It's always a fun chance to meet other software developers in the New York area and geek out about impedence mismatch.’
    • ‘They also offer computer video game trailers from time to time, so you can fully geek out if you need to.’
    • ‘Bill and Neil geeked out over computer stuff for a bit while I unwound by taking in a gorgeous summer evening.’
    • ‘I've totally geeked out this evening doing research into Wordpress - and there are still plenty of things I need to consider and work out.’
    • ‘So it is a good thing the weekend is coming because I fully intend to spend it geeking out on the computer.’
    • ‘We geeked out for 50 minutes looking at code and examples.’
    • ‘Digital technology is not our first interest we don't, like, geek out on this stuff.’
    • ‘Of course, I geeked out on some of the mechanisms.’
    • ‘That way, you actually get to work with blogs during the day job, not just when you're geeking out at home.’
    • ‘Andrew yearns for the days when exploring the Net meant spending dateless Friday nights geeking out on a text-only green-screen terminal in a fluorescently-lit corner of the university student center basement.’
    1. 1.1 Be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of specialist or minority interest.
      ‘I am totally geeking out over this upcoming film’
      • ‘For those of you who are in bands or like to geek out on musical equipment, this will add another dimension to your picture of us as a band.’
      • ‘And if you really want to geek out, you can listen to one of four or five commentaries with the people that make costumes with the director Peter Jackson, with the cast.’
      • ‘When you weren't geeking out on the cars you hoped to have, you were reminiscing about the cars that got away.’
      • ‘When she's not writing for their blog and getting excited about the upcoming open-source e-commerce release, she's usually geeking out over indie comics or driving out to San Gabriel for dumplings.’
      • ‘Seven of us sit around the bar table rapt, trying not to geek out over the fact that we're having a beer with fark.com's one and only Mustard Man.’
      • ‘As much as we love geeking out on international cinema we love sharing that passion with you.’
      • ‘I usually tune into a show only after my critic chums have geeked out over it so often that I feel naked without an opinion.’
      • ‘However, it warmed my heart to see a bunch of Japanese adults geeking out to an anime intro theme song.’
      • ‘I've been geeking out over The Gilmore Girls a lot myself these days, especially since its first season came out on DVD a few weeks ago.’
      • ‘Our interview was supposed to be 10 minutes but we started geeking out on Placebo together and it lasted an hour.’
      • ‘I have been geeking out on campus politics for years.’
      • ‘All you can say is wow, and plan to sit in front of the television for the next two days geeking out to Halloween trivia.’
      • ‘it was lovely to meet them and geek out about language and folk music.’
      • ‘A pair of superb documentaries offers visitors to Harbourfront Centre's Beats, Breaks & Culture festival of electronic music a chance to geek out whenever they're not enslaved to rhythms elsewhere.’
      • ‘We also visited their Central Library in the middle of Chelmsford, so I took the chance to geek out and take some photos.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from the related English dialect word geck ‘fool’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gek ‘mad, silly’.

Pronunciation

geek

/ɡiːk/

Main definitions of geek in English

: geek1geek2

geek2

noun

NZ, Australian
informal
  • A look.

    ‘there was a lot I wanted to have a geek at’
    glance, observation, view, examination, study, inspection, scan, survey, sight, peep, peek, glimpse, gaze, stare, gape, ogle
    View synonyms

Origin

Early 20th century: from Scots and northern English dialect geck ‘toss the head scornfully’.

Pronunciation

geek

/ɡiːk/