- : characteristic of, relating to, or suggestive of a wonk: such as a : preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field. 'She can get wonky about the economy when she wants to, but what sets her apart is her ability to tell a coherent, populist story about it in a way that other members of her party are either unwilling or unable to do.' —Rebecca Traister
- b : used by or appealing to wonks… 'one of those politicians who actually find pleasure in the often-wonky details of public policy.' —John Powers
a person preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field; broadly : nerd
a policy wonk a computer wonk
— wonkery \ˈwäŋ-kə-rē\ noun
— wonkish \ˈwäŋ-kish\ adjective
— wonkishness noun
adj. won·ki·er, won·ki·est
1. Shaky or unsteady: a wonky table.
2. Out of alignment; crooked: "The door itself looked wonky somehow, not quite square with the building" (Steve Augarde).
3. Not functioning properly or normally: wonky digestion; a wonky phone connection.
4. Mentally unbalanced; crazy.
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).
knowing, or showing that you know, a lot of details about something, especially politics or science:
He gave a wonky speech about climate change.