Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Slang To understand profoundly through intuition or empathy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To have or to have acquired an intuitive understanding of; to know (something) without having to think (such as knowing the number of objects in a collection without needing to count them: see subitize).
  • v. To fully and completely understand something in all its details and intricacies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get the meaning of something

Etymologies

Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his Stranger in a Strange Land.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) in which the word is described as being from the word for “to drink” and, figuratively, “to drink in all available aspects of reality”, “to become one with the observed” in Heinlein’s fictitious Martian language. (Wiktionary)

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  • Coined by Robert Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land, grok originally connoted consumption or sustenance as well as connection.

    June 9, 2009

  • A word that has perfect meaning and so easy to say! I grok "grok".

    March 2, 2009

  • JM saw the word ‘grok’ and instantly understood

    February 19, 2009

  • "It was far too busy, as always; for years there had been fender-benders at this intersection, mostly caused by people who simply couldn't grok the idea of a four-way stop where everybody took turns, and just went bashing through instead."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    P.S. Grok is the ugliest word I can think of.

    December 31, 2007

  • OMG these people scare me.

    October 5, 2007

  • quepol, perhaps you don't, ah, grok Wordie sufficiently.

    September 13, 2007

  • I'm amazed that I was only the 47th wordie to add this. Perhaps the crowd here is not as geeky as I expected. schadenfreude, however, has nearly 300 "followers"!

    September 13, 2007

  • I got used to the unattractiveness of the word itself in the course of reading the book. Now I just love it.

    May 7, 2007

  • Grokking grok: http://www.aprendizdetodo.com/language/?item=20070330

    April 15, 2007

  • Yuck. Ditto, u.

    April 13, 2007

  • I can't stand this word. I love the concept, and it definitely needs a word attached to it... but grok? It sounds like cat scat.

    April 13, 2007

  • At its simplest, it means to eat, so the observed actually become part of observer.

    December 6, 2006

  • Grok means to understand so throughly that the observer becomes part of that wich is observed

    December 6, 2006

  • When I have the time, I'll post some good stuff on grok from "Stranger in a Strange Land".

    December 4, 2006