geek

(redirected from Geeks)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Idioms.

geek

geek

A technically oriented person. It has typically implied a "nerdy" or "weird" personality, someone with limited social skills who likes to tinker with scientific or high-tech projects. The origin of the term dates back to the late 1800s. A geek was a carnival performer who bit off the head of a chicken or was part of a freak show.

Much More in Vogue Today
By the end of the 1990s, it became quite fashionable to be a geek, since countless technical people had become very successful, starting with PCs in the 1980s and throughout the dot-com bubble. See uber geek, nerd and Geekonics.


Geek Persuasion
From "The Best of The Joy of Tech" cartoon book by Nitrozac and Snaggy (O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 2003, ISBN 0-596-00578-4). (Image courtesy of GeekCulture, www.geekculture.com)
References in periodicals archive ?
Paul Phelps can be contacted at Geeks On Call of Hampton Roads, at 2300 Locks Landing, Chesapeake, VA 23323.
Now I4U News launches a weekly ranking of the Top 10 People and Top 10 Things that have been on the Geek Mind for the past week.
Thankfully the show doesn't attempt to stage a reverse-Damascus conversion of the geeks into fashion victims.
On the website, Geeks Out has a quote from a 1990 interview with Card discussing his stance of gay marriage.
Thanks to ubiquitous consumer electronics and the prominence of technology executives like Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs of Apple Inc, it's no longer an insult to be called a geek.
With 15 recommendations in total there are 12 more surprising geek travel tips to discover.
Because, not meaning to get too serious about it, the geeks and geekettes are a vital Everywhere weapon against the scary dumbing down of female aspirations - led by some celebs who celebrate their ignorance.
But Oxford's first definition of geek is synonymous: "An unfashionable or socially inept person.
Maybe it's because I'm a geek, too," the News of the World quoted her as saying.
His skinny torso, wildly curly hair and retro-looking glasses fit the geek look the producers were seeking.
However, this portrayal is never judgmental and is informed through experience and incite into the value systems that make geeks this way.