“Adorkable” (you know, like Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory) enters dictionary

What does it mean? Slang for "socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way"


“Adorkable” has been voted into the Collins English Dictionary? 


We’ve anticipated your first question… It’s slang for “socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way” – a handy fusion of the words “adorable” and “dork”.

The vote took place on Twitter with users asked to choose one from a list of words to be included in the dictionary’s next edition. Thirty per cent of voters chose “adorkable” which seems like a lot… until you read about the other contenders:

Felfie – a farmer selfie – came in second place, followed by fatberg (a large mass of solid waste, grease, etc, clogging up a sewage system), nomakeupselfie (a selfie of a woman without make-up, shared online to raise awareness for charity) and gaybourhood (a gay-friendly neighbourhood). 

“Adorkable” – which has proved the world (or Twitter, at least) is not yet ready for variations on “selfie” – was first used on the social networking site in March 2007, peaking in January 2012. The 12th edition of the dictionary – the first to include a word voted for by Twitter – will be published in October, featuring a further 50,000 new words added this year. 


“Adorkable” has been used to describe a number of on-screen characters, including The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons), New Girl’s Jess Day (Zoeey Deschanel) and Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty (America Ferrera).