pencil-necked

pencil-necked

1. Particularly weak, meek, or unimpressive; wimpy. No pencil-necked twerp like you is going to give me orders, pal!
2. Very inclined toward academic or intellectual pursuits. I always made sure to make friends with the pencil-necked geeks in my math classes so they would help me out with the homework.
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Why should we listen to some pencil-necked college professor with no real-world experience?
My first photo of him had been taken the previous year while he was in velvet, and compared to the ones I had just taken, he looked like a pencil-necked teenager.
If you're a guy, don't ask if I can tell you've been "working out"--especially if you're a pencil-necked geek and ought to know it.
Judging by appearance, the titular, CGI hero of Paul a wrinkled, pencil-necked geek with big, almond-shaped eyes and the rumbling voice of Seth Rogen could be a distant cousin of Rango, Johnny Depp's cowboy-chameleon character in the recent animated film of the same name.
Through the course of 10 tracks (eight of which he co-wrote with an eclectic mix of professional hit-makers, including Linda Perry, Desmond Child, Ryan Adams, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Semisonic's Dan Wilson and Mac Davis), Cuomo proves he is still an incurable romantic and the undisputed poster child for pencil-necked geeks everywhere.
A self-described "square, stick-in-the-mud, pencil-necked scientist," he has employed humour, a sprinkling of pop culture references, and intuitive everyday analogies to paint a rich picture of leading-edge theoretical neuroscience and evolutionary biology.
That's not always easy to do, particularly if you run 37-pound, pencil-necked geeks like my two setters.
A lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking has ensued, with the usual thick-necked traders blaming their more recent speculative losses on the academic predilections of the same sort of pencil-necked geeks who mined the curve for them in Econ 101.
I suspect that, had the men of the Royal Welch talked like the pencil-necked, paper-pushing desk jockeys that obviously hold sway at the Ministry of Defence, the regiment's roll of honour would have been curtailed more than somewhat.
While he is promoting this movie, Muniz is back at his day job, playing the smart, pencil-necked middle child on the Fox comedy, but he says he wants to beef up again - maybe to 125 pounds, as he did last year for ``Cody.
The TV industry seems to have written him off as a pencil-necked cheese merchant from days gone by.
Keep up the good work, and tell the pencil-necked geeks to bite the big one.
I prefer to turn that argument around and give credit to McGwire (and, soon, Bonds) for being the leading home run hitter in an era when everybody - from the 260-pound first basemen to the pencil-necked utility infielder - is swinging for the fences.