Dolt vs Dork - What's the difference?

dolt | dork |

As a noun dolt

is (pejorative) a stupid person; a blockhead or dullard.

As a verb dolt

is (obsolete) to behave foolishly.

As a proper noun dork is

ellis island records indicate people registering as early as 1907 with dork as their last name [http://ellisislandorg/search/matchmoreasp?lnm=dork&plnm=dork&first_kind=1&kind=exact&offset=0&dwpdone=1].




(en noun)
  • (pejorative) A stupid person; a blockhead or dullard.
  • * c. 1603 ,
  • O gull! O dolt ! As ignorant as dirt!
  • * Drayton
  • This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt .


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * doltish


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To behave foolishly.
  • (Webster 1913)


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    Etymology 1

    US 1960s, sense of "silly person" presumably from earlier use as bowdlerization of Lawrence Poston, “ Some Problems in the Study of Campus Slang,” American Speech 39, no. 2 (May 1964) (JSTOR 453113): p. 118.Historical Dictionary of American Slang, v. 1, A-G, edited by Jonathan Lighter (New York: Random House, 1994), p. 638.


    (en noun)
  • * 1962 , Jerome Weidman, The Sound of Bow Bells page 362:
  • As a matter of fact, this slob was full of information today. He told me why we Jews have different dorks .
  • * 2005 , Mike Judge, Reading Sucks: The Collected Works of Beavis and Butthead :
  • "There's that dork whose wife cut off his dork ." And when people ask him for an autograph he writes, "Best of luck to Betsy. Signed, the guy whose wife cut off his penis."
  • * 1962 , Alain Robbe-Grillet, Last year at Marienbad page 167:
  • I entitled the piece "Dorky", dork being slang for a person who does not belong to popular groups, usually an outsider, an odd person, sometimes inept, other times cranky.
  • * 1967 , Don Moser and Jerry Cohen, The Pied Piper of Tucson:
  • I didn’t have any clothes and I had short hair and looked like a dork . Girls wouldn’t go out with me.
    Usage notes
    Narrowly used to indicate someone inept or out of touch, broadly used to mean simply “silly, foolish”; compare (doofus), (twit).
    Derived terms
    * dorkface * to dorkify * dorkwad * dorky
    * See also * See also

    Etymology 2

    Uncertain; apparently from (etyl). See (dirk).


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