What does geek mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. geeknoun

    a carnival performer who does disgusting acts

  2. eccentric, eccentric person, flake, oddball, geeknoun

    a person with an unusual or odd personality

GCIDE

  1. geeknoun

    A performer in a carnival, often presented as a wild man, who performs grotesquely disgusting acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken or snake.

Wiktionary

  1. geeknoun

    A carnival performer specializing in bizarre and unappetizing behavior.

    I once saw a geek bite the head off a live chicken.

    Etymology: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.

  2. geeknoun

    A person who is intensely interested in a particular field or hobby and usually asocial. Often used with an attributive noun.

    Etymology: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.

  3. geeknoun

    An expert in a technical field, particularly one having to do with computers.

    Etymology: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.

  4. geeknoun

    The subculture of geeks; an esoteric subject of interest that is marginal to the social mainstream; the philosophy, events, and physical artifacts of geeks.

    Etymology: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.

  5. geeknoun

    An unfashionable or socially undesirable person.

    Why do you hang around with them? They're just geeks.

    Etymology: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.

  6. geeknoun

    A look.

    Have a geek at this.

    Etymology: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.

  7. geekverb

    To get high on cocaine.

    Etymology: From British dialect geck from Low German geck, from ; The root still survives in Dutch gek or gekkie in Alsatian word Gickeleshut.

Freebase

  1. Geek

    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

  1. geek

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. geek

    A person who is fully engaged in computer-related universe and obsessively uses the paradigmatic features of this narrative system.

    My brother is a complete geek. I have no idea what he speaks most of the time.

    Submitted by anonymous on January 28, 2019  
  2. Geek

    Man who play computer games

    Submitted by emilievilla on January 30, 2019  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of geek in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of geek in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of geek in a Sentence

  1. Serkan Toto:

    Tencent is after the magic of Japanese companies creating 'otaku' geek-orientated content.

  2. Dan Madsen:

    It can be sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, you name it, anything that is celebrated here at San Diego Comic-Con can be turned into a Geek Couture outfit.

  3. Parisa Tabriz:

    There's this idea that you need to be a super genius computer geek to be a hacker. But in reality, I think anybody can be a hacker in the real world -- just think of all the non-software examples, a lot of people ask me what's the best answer I've been given to the vending machine problem, and the real answer is there is none. Some people think about how they'd steal their favorite snack; some people figure out how to steal the entire machine of snacks; and some people figure out how they could add some sort of functionality to the machine that wasn't there before.

  4. Valerie White:

    We both live and breathe geek culture and connected over that right away. You have to know how to have fun and have a sense of humor about it, as a bride-to-be you can get lost in what tradition and magazines tell you, but it's important to stay true to who you are as a couple. It's your love, nobody else's and that's what matters.

  5. Don Lincoln:

    The fact is that Spock was a cool geek, scientists are not always portrayed as being very strong. Usually, they're the guy with the tape on their glasses and their pants too high. He was clearly a person who had desirable components beyond just being smart.

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