Main definitions of geek in English

: geek1geek2

geek1

Pronunciation /ɡēk/ /ɡik/

noun

informal
  • 1An unfashionable or socially inept person.

    bore, dull person
    1. 1.1usually with modifier A knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast.
      ‘a computer geek’
      fan, fanatic, devotee, aficionado, addict, lover, admirer, supporter, follower
  • 2US A performer at a carnival or circus whose show consists of bizarre or grotesque acts.

    • ‘Rock musicians get paid for looking like carnival geeks and not making music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The aforementioned yoga master at least provides some philosophical bric-a-brac to support his sideshow geek demonstrations.’

intransitive verb

[no object]informal geek out
  • 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’
    • ‘With this summer's hot gadgets, you can geek out on the go.’
    • ‘Of course, I geeked out on some of the mechanisms.’
    • ‘They also offer computer video game trailers from time to time, so you can fully geek out if you need to.’
    • ‘I am geeking out on the internet, as I am prone to do, when there is a little knock upon my door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bill and Neil geeked out over computer stuff for a bit while I unwound by taking in a gorgeous summer evening.’
    • ‘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?").’
    • ‘We geeked out for 50 minutes looking at code and examples.’
    • ‘That way, you actually get to work with blogs during the day job, not just when you're geeking out at home.’
    • ‘It's always a fun chance to meet other software developers in the New York area and geek out about impedence mismatch.’
    • ‘So it is a good thing the weekend is coming because I fully intend to spend it geeking out on the computer.’
    • ‘I'd love to have Fizzbin on my iPhone just so I can talk (geek out) about it.’
    • ‘Digital technology is not our first interest we don't, like, geek out on this stuff.’
    1. 1.1Be 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’
      • ‘I have been geeking out on campus politics for years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our interview was supposed to be 10 minutes but we started geeking out on Placebo together and it lasted an hour.’
      • ‘However, it warmed my heart to see a bunch of Japanese adults geeking out to an anime intro theme song.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When you weren't geeking out on the cars you hoped to have, you were reminiscing about the cars that got away.’
      • ‘We also visited their Central Library in the middle of Chelmsford, so I took the chance to geek out and take some photos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As much as we love geeking out on international cinema we love sharing that passion with you.’
      • ‘it was lovely to meet them and geek out about language and folk music.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

geek

/ɡēk/ /ɡik/

Main definitions of geek in English

: geek1geek2

geek2

Pronunciation /ɡēk/ /ɡik/

noun

informal Australian, New Zealand
  • 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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

geek

/ɡēk/ /ɡik/