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Slang

dweeb

This page is about the slang term dweeb

American English offensive!

Meaning

a studious but socially inept person

For example

  • This new guy at school's a real dweeb, but he'll help you out if you've got some problem with math or whatever.

  • We know this pair of dweebs who think they're dating, but they only get together in cyberspace.

Origin: First appeared in the U.S. in the 1980's, possibly as a combination of the words "dwarf" and "feeb" (from feeble).

Variety

This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

The kids call Mark a dweeb because he's

a. clever but he doesn't say much

b. stupid and aggressive

c. good-looking and smart

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Contributor: Matt Errey