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wonk

 (wŏngk)
n. Slang
1. A student who studies excessively; a grind.
2. One who studies an issue or topic thoroughly or excessively: "leading a talkathon of policy wonks in a methodical effort to build consensus for his programs" (Michael Kranish).

[Origin unknown.]

wonk

(wɒŋk)
n
informal a person who is obsessively interested in a specified subject: a foreign policy wonk.
[C20: of uncertain origin]

wonk

(wɒŋk)

n. Slang.
1. a student who studies intensively; grind.
2. a person who studies a subject or issue in an excessively assiduous and thorough manner: a policy wonk.
[1960–65, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wonk - an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studiouswonk - an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
assimilator, learner, scholar - someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
Translations

wonk

n (US inf) → Streber(in) m(f) (inf); she’s a policy wonksie kennt die (Politik)richtlinien bis zum letzten Komma
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