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