Definition of dork in US English:



  • 1A dull, slow-witted, or socially inept person.

    • ‘I found them to be almost universally composed of ninnies and power-hungry dorks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If they're not portrayed as awkward dorks, then they're cold and menacing psychopaths.’
    • ‘I also remember what these dorks said during those ever-so ‘blissful months’ and it wasn't exactly bliss.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for him it is not entirely populated by dorks, and the same people that can succeed in sport can also have sharp intellect.’
    • ‘These dorks are the most unoriginal losers out there.’
    • ‘The last five years has seen webloggia change from a couple of hundred dorks mucking around on the internet to a few million dorks mucking around on the internet and being talked about a conferences.’
    • ‘I had the back door open, so I just thought they were lying in the doorway, being dorks.’
    • ‘Once the organisers and corporate mucky-mucks left the stage, the assembled audience of media dorks were treated to a surprisingly good preview of what is to come this September.’
    • ‘These dorks thought it might be worthwhile to spend money on this.’
    • ‘I knew I looked like a complete dork, but no one was there, so I didn't care.’
    • ‘My fiancé and I, being dorks, were chittering about whether the animals shown in the opening sequence have any real significance on the fighting style.’
    • ‘Why should I be nice to someone who calls me an idiot and a dork?’
    • ‘From dorks to geeks, and everything between, beer has something for everyone.’
    • ‘I don't think you come across as a dork in e-mail at all, although you sure do send a lot of it!’
    • ‘Secondly, there is a big difference between a nerd and a dork.’
    • ‘I know I am such a dork or geek or whatever, but I got it done.’
    • ‘Most of the editors will readily admit to being any of the following: dorks, nerds, or geeks.’
    • ‘But there is bad news for dorks like me and, I suspect, quite a few people in this room: journalism has changed forever.’
    • ‘How many nerds and dorks do you see standing in front of the ‘I love you section’ at the card store?’
    bore, dull person
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    1. 1.1North American vulgar slang The penis.


1960s (originally US): perhaps a variant of dirk, influenced by dick.