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"wonk" in British English

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wonknoun [C]

uk   /wɒŋk/  us   /wɑːŋk/ US informal
(Definition of wonk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wonk" in American English

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wonknoun [C]

 us   /wɔŋk, wɑŋk/ slang
a ​person who ​likes to ​think about or ​study something and ​spends a ​greatamount of ​time doing it: He’s a ​policy wonk and will ​talk for ​hours about ​solutions to ​problems.
(Definition of wonk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wonk" in Business English

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wonknoun [C]

uk   us   /wɒŋk/ informal disapproving
someone who knows all the details about a particular ​subject, particularly one that other ​people might ​find boring: The Senator was considered to be a policy wonk.
(Definition of wonk from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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