from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A student who studies excessively; a grind.
- n. Slang One who studies an issue or a topic thoroughly or excessively: "leading a talkathon of policy wonks in a methodical effort to build consensus for his programs” ( Michael Kranish).
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- n. An overly studious person, particularly student; a nerd.
- n. A policy wonk or other intellectual expert.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
I Know that the policy wonk is the best on EVERY issue.
But university leaders are confident that "wonk" - which they define as "an intellectually curious person" or "a knowledgeable Washington insider" - captures something essential about American.
I became acquainted with someone I call my plant "wonk" -- a walking human thinktank of botany named Eric.
Neither a headline-seeker nor a party rebel, he's best described as a wonk, a workhorse, a doer.
What typifies the wonk is their utter unawareness of the world and people around them.
In a nutshell: A yahoo invades your life with the intentional desire to annoy you, and a wonk is a stupid sort who annoys you without realizing it.
Bill was now what you'd call a wonk and looked the part.
The longtime congressman happily admits, "One of the reporters in my first campaign called me a policy wonk, that is an accurate description."
I would love it if you'd stop using the word "wonk".
The rate of automatic increases to both tax rates and things like soc security benefits is one of those covert "wonk" issues that are key to the future but generally ignored.