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wonk (wɒŋk Pronunciation for wonk



  1. (informal) a person who is obsessively interested in a specified subject   ⇒ a foreign policy wonk

Word Origin

C20: of uncertain origin

Example Sentences Including 'wonk'

David Miliband, the school standards minister, was a champion of the IB when he was a policy wonk.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
For a wonk he is engaging, though sharing new Labour's cloying habit of shouting his love of football.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
LIVES LIVED Christopher (Chris) Taylor John Samuel Innovative policy wonk , husband, father, son, brother.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Paul Corriveau, a former policy wonk in the PMO, is the most recent addition to the ever expanding Paul Martin campaign team.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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