Word of the Week Wednesday: adorkable

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: adorkable

Adorkable is a portmanteau of the words dork, meaning a nerdy or socially awkward person and adorable.

While this term is usually applied to men, there are rare examples where a woman is also considered adorkable.

A primary female example is any character portrayed by Summer Glau but it’s also been applied to Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Amy Acker as Fred in Angel.  (Maybe it’s a Joss Whedon thing.)

While the word is very much a neologism, I’m quite fond of it.   It conveys quite a bit of information and has a sound to it that fits with its meaning; it’s awkward and cute at the same time.

A short list of men who have been considered adorkable:



David Tennant


Joseph Gordon-Levitt




Justin Bartha


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

2 Responses to Word of the Week Wednesday: adorkable

  1. mitch9 says:

    Don’t lie…you like this word because it’s a Whedonism!

    • I’m not sure if he’s ever used the word, but he certainly seems to embrace the concept.

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