dorky, n. (1965)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Mar 3 17:12:47 UTC 2012

Today's OED Word of the Day is "dorky" ('contemptible or pathetic;
spec. socially awkward, unfashionable'), with cites from 1970. HDAS
and GDoS have "dork" ('a stupid or obnoxious person') from 1967.

Here's "dorky" as a noun in the sense of "dork" from 1965:

1965 _Los Angeles Times_ 30 Nov. C4/4 In Eau-Claire, Wis., an
unpleasant fellow is a "dorky," and "nuk nuk" is the response to a
not-too-funny joke. [Sylvie Reice, "The Swinging Set," syndicated


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