What is the difference between a nerd and a geek?

10 Answers

  • 7 months ago

    A nerd is usually intelligent and interested in technology, sci-fi/fantasy, and the pursuit of knowledge, among other things, while a geek entertains people by biting the heads off of chickens.

  • 7 months ago

    A Nerd is a boy who behaves like a girl while a geek is a boy who is interested in Ham Radio and smokes two packs of cigarettes a day.

  • Steven
    Lv 4
    7 months ago

    A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia. A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

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  • Diana
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    A geek is usually someone who is a highly passionate fan of some show &/or entertainment genre, plus, all that's connected with it.  Some good examples are Otaku, Trekkies, Gamers, etc.  

    A nerd is someone who has a great deal of scientific knowledge and have dedicated their lives to that field.     

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  • 8 months ago

       Hi. It's VERY simple, even after all these decades with people screwing it up.

       A Nerd is someone who is not only socially unskilled or unpopular, but also usually very book-smart about most topics in life, not having actually experienced them personally - usually because of some kind of fear or inhibition due to all the possibilities that can go wrong.

       A Geek is someone who could very easily be one of the popular pretties / cool kids krew that simply has a HUGE weakness for any one thing that instantly turns them into a drooling, fact-filled, wide-eyed, won't-shut-up-about-it-now-that-You-said-it, basically krakkhead over the topic, whether they've done it or not. Sat it's skydiving - the Geek can name 40 different products related to it, but not one bit of info about the planes.

       Think of the old term of someone "Geeking out over something"

    . It's more of a temporary condition, while being a Nerd is a full-on lifestyle.

       It's also often messed up because people call someone a science nerd, or a Star trek nerd (usually the Star wars people used it insultingly), or some other set of people uses the term incorrectly as an insult to their competing geeks.

    A Geek would have 30 pictures of a Lamborghini Diablo from different angles & specsheets for the engine, different girls laying on them, while a Nerd would have 30 different cars with the specsheets for all of them, & can translate differences in performance under track, road, dirt, or LeMans, even outer & inner space conditiions plus quote a few video games that used them, even if neither has a learner's permit.


  • Vivian
    Lv 4
    8 months ago

    A nerd is someone who is obsessed with something specific to an annoying degree, a nerd has poor social skills and is generally regarded with disdain. A geek is a socially inept or odd person, usually one who is interested in technology. The words "nerd" and "geek" are often used interchangeably, as if they mean the same thing. 

    Geek - An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. 

    Nerd - A studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field.

  • 8 months ago

    A nerd is socially awkward. A geek is a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity, especially in technology. A geek can know how to socialize but if you start talking technology, they may have trouble controlling their enthusiasm on the topic.

  • Theo
    Lv 4
    8 months ago

    Well I can tell you this, a true nerd or true geek would know the answer to your question.

  • 8 months ago

    Geek refers more to the passion behind it. Nerd refers to the knowledge of something. It is possible to be both at the same time. 

    For example, a geek might decorate his entire room in baseball cards. A nerd would be able to tell you the stats of every single player on them without looking.

  • Enigma
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    both are spelled differently?

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