The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit, with a general pejorative meaning of a "peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, boring, or socially awkward".Some use the term self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride, often referring simply to "someone who is interested in a subject (usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake". Nonetheless, it remains a pejorative, widely used in an abusive manner especially against children and teens who may be more focused on studies, while less popular, fashionable, or socially inclined.The term geek is often used interchangeably with the term nerd, but geek has always had more negative connotations, perhaps due to its earlier association with carnival performers.
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 often having limited or nonstandard social skills. Often used with an attributive noun.
"I was a complete computer geek in high school, but I get out a lot more now."
"Most famous actors are really theater geeks at heart."
An expert in a technical field, particularly one having to do with computers.
"My laptop’s locked up again. I need a geek."
"Do you need a hardware geek or a software geek?"
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? They’re just geeks."
"Have a geek at this."
To behave geekishly or in a socially awkward manner, especially when under the influence of drugs or other psycho-active substances, and exhibiting such marked characteristics as hyperactivity, repetitiveness, talkativeness, nervousness, irritability, or paranoia.
"Hey, check out that guy...he's really geeking out pretty bad."
To look; to peep; to stare about intently.
A telekinetic person; a person who has telekinetic abilities.
To use telekinesis on; to move (something) with the power of one's mind.
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.
Any eccentric or strange person; an oddball; an eccentric.
A student who is socially inept and a misfit in his class, especially one who is an intellectual; a nerd; a dork.
An intellectually inclined person, especially one who is interested in scientific or technical subjects; as, a group of geeks wearing pocket protectors; - originally a deprecatory and contemptuous term, but in the 1990's, with the increase in popularity of computers and the frequency of accumulation of great wealth by computer entrepreneurs, it has come to be used with noticeable frequency by technically competent people to refer to themselves, ironically and sometimes proudly.
a carnival performer who does disgusting acts
a person with an unusual or odd personality
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