Definitions for GEEKgik
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a peculiar person, esp. one who is overly intellectual.
Category: Status (usage)
an expert in computers (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
a carnival performer billed as performing bizarre acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.
Origin of geek:
1905–10; prob. var. of geck (mainly Scots) fool < D or LG gek
a carnival performer who does disgusting acts
eccentric, eccentric person, flake, oddball, geek(noun)
a person with an unusual or odd personality
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sb who is very knowledgeable about science, math, computers, etc. and sometimes considered boring or strange
A carnival performer specializing in bizarre and unappetizing behavior.
I once saw a geek bite the head off a live chicken.
A person who is intensely interested in a particular field or hobby and usually asocial. Often used with an attributive noun.
An expert in a technical field, particularly one having to do with computers.
The subculture of geeks; an esoteric subject of interest that is marginal to the social mainstream; the philosophy, events, and physical artifacts of geeks.
An unfashionable or socially undesirable person.
Why do you hang around with them? Theyu2019re just geeks.
Have a geek at this.
To get high on cocaine.
Origin: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.
The word geek is a slang term for odd or non-mainstream people, with different connotations ranging from "a computer expert or enthusiast" to "a person heavily interested in a hobby", with a general pejorative meaning of "a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp[ecially] one who is perceived to be overly intellectual". Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also often used self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance. Geeks usually have a strong case of neophilia. Most geeks are adept with computers and treat hacker as a term of respect, but not all are hackers themselves — and some who are in fact hackers normally call themselves geeks anyway, because they (quite properly) regard ‘hacker’ as a label that should be bestowed by others rather than self-assumed.One description accurately if a little breathlessly enumerates “gamers, ravers, science fiction fans, punks, perverts, programmers, nerds, subgenii, and trekkies. These are people who did not go to their high school proms, and many would be offended by the suggestion that they should have even wanted to.”Originally, a geek was a carnival performer who bit the heads off chickens. (In early 20th-century Scotland a ‘geek’ was an immature coley, a type of fish.) Before about 1990 usage of this term was rather negative. Earlier versions of this lexicon defined a computer geek as one who eats (computer) bugs for a living — an asocial, malodorous, pasty-faced monomaniac with all the personality of a cheese grater. This is often still the way geeks are regarded by non-geeks, but as the mainstream culture becomes more dependent on technology and technical skill mainstream attitudes have tended to shift towards grudging respect. Correspondingly, there are now ‘geek pride’ festivals (the implied reference to ‘gay pride’ is not accidental).See also propeller head, clustergeeking, geek out, wannabee, terminal junkie, spod, weenie, geek code, alpha geek.
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