Geek vs. Seek

By Jaxson

  • Geek

    The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit, with a general pejorative meaning of a “peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, boring, or socially awkward”.Some use the term self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride, often referring simply to “someone who is interested in a subject (usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake”. Nonetheless, it remains a pejorative, widely used in an abusive manner especially against children and teens who may be more focused on studies, while less popular, fashionable, or socially inclined.The term geek is often used interchangeably with the term nerd, but geek has always had more negative connotations, perhaps due to its earlier association with carnival performers.

  • Geek (noun)

    A carnival performer specializing in bizarre and unappetizing behavior.

    “I once saw a geek bite the head off a live chicken.”

  • Geek (noun)

    A person who is intensely interested in a particular field or hobby and often having limited or nonstandard social skills. Often used with an attributive noun.

    “I was a complete computer geek in high school, but I get out a lot more now.”

    “Most famous actors are really theater geeks at heart.”

  • Geek (noun)

    An expert in a technical field, particularly one having to do with computers.

    “My laptop’s locked up again. I need a geek.”

    “Do you need a hardware geek or a software geek?”

  • Geek (noun)

    The subculture of geeks; an esoteric subject of interest that is marginal to the social mainstream; the philosophy, events, and physical artifacts of geeks.

  • Geek (noun)

    An unfashionable or socially undesirable person.

    “Why do you hang around with them? They’re just geeks.”

  • Geek (noun)

    A look.

    “Have a geek at this.”

  • Geek (verb)

    To behave geekishly or in a socially awkward manner, especially when under the influence of drugs or other psycho-active substances, and exhibiting such marked characteristics as hyperactivity, repetitiveness, talkativeness, nervousness, irritability, or paranoia.

    “Hey, check out that guy…he’s really geeking out pretty bad.”

  • Geek (verb)

    To look; to peep; to stare about intently.

  • Seek (verb)

    To try to find; to look for; to search for.

    “I seek wisdom.”

  • Seek (verb)

    To ask for; to solicit; to beseech.

    “I seek forgiveness through prayer.”

  • Seek (verb)

    To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.

    “I sought my fortune on the goldfields.”

  • Seek (verb)

    To go, move, travel (in a given direction).

  • Seek (verb)

    To try to reach or come to; to go to; to resort to.

    “When the alarm went off I sought the exit in a panic.”

  • Seek (verb)

    To attempt, endeavour, try

    “Our company does not seek to limit its employees from using the internet or engaging in social networking.”

  • Seek (verb)

    To navigate through a stream.


  • Seek (noun)

    The navigating through a stream.


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