wonk


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to wonk: Jawn

wonk

(wɔŋk)
1. n. an earnest student. (Collegiate.) Yes, you could call Martin a wonk. In fact, he’s the classic wonk.
2. n. a bureaucrat; a flunky. The State Department policy wonks were up all night putting together the report.
References in periodicals archive ?
We are pleased to include CTIA as a Wireless Wonk sponsor and to use headlines from their CTIA Select daily news service in our weekly news summaries," commented Mr.
After two decades in Washington as a wonk working among hacks, I have come to the conclusion that the gap between Republicans and Democrats is as nothing compared to the one between these two tribes.
Maggie Thatcher's old speech-writer and policy wonk, Robin Harris, sticks in the stiletto repeatedly.
The first of Evers's two deputies is Leslye Arsht, a Republican education policy wonk who served as deputy press secretary under Ronald Reagan and then in the Department of Education under George H.
Newt's as big a nerd as Willy is a wonk, and the fact that they can both speak for three hours without taking a breath does not a leader make.
The book is sometimes as unwieldy as its title, crammed with information aimed at pleasing virtually everyone from expert to novice, of use to both the first-time investor and the experienced policy wonk.
I'm told that a wonk is, in recent collegiate slang, an earnest, hard-working student who is determined to master the arcane details of his or her discipline--a computer wonk, for example, or an astrophysics wonk.
BENJAMIN BARBER'S VERY NICE book offers insight into Bill Clinton, the wonk.
A character worthy, perhaps, of a TV newsmagazine segment (Leuchter was, in fact, profiled on ``PrimeTime Live'' and was originally considered by Morris for his last compilation of eccentric obsessives, ``Fast, Cheap and Out of Control''), Leuchter is an execution wonk who made a big mistake.
He's a policy wonk who mentions privatizing Social Security in nearly every speech.
starves, meets a British hooker named Zoe, who introduces him to "Deputy Secretary X" who mentors him along until he lands a wonk staff job at New Terrain, a wee but potent policy rag lorded over by one Tobias Goldenstein.
Though no policy wonk in the Hillary mold, Tipper passionately cares about her causes--expanding the acceptance and treatment of mental illness, and treating the homeless with respect.
The proper wonk approach to this kind of book is to skip past the sex stuff to get to the policy discussion, but a few words about the former are to the point.
If the monologist Spalding Gray were a Washington policy wonk, this is what he would sound like.