Synonyms for 'Geek'

A geek, to me, is a specialist with unorthodox tastes that frequently delights in the details that pop culture disregards.

Mac OS X’s dictionary has nothing in the thesaurus for geek. I’m not especially surprised, since Dictionary.app is missing many relevant words. It can’t keep up with the Internet.

But even Wordnik.com represents us in a disturbing way. Synonyms for geek:

  • buthcer’s
  • dork
  • eccentric
  • gander
  • oddball
  • nerd

I thought our culture had moved beyond these associations with the meaning of the word geek. I would like some better representation. I believe that we are seeing that geeks are influincing the mainstream more everyday, and as such they aren’t so dorkish, eccentric, or oddball anymore.

The odd people are the ones that think it’s odd to be a geek.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.