American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Slang To understand profoundly through intuition or empathy.
- v. transitive, slang 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. transitive, slang To fully and completely understand something in all its details and intricacies.
- v. get the meaning of something
- 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)
- Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his Stranger in a Strange Land. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For those of you who read Robert Heinlein, you will realize that I stole the term grok from his novel, Strangers In A Strange Land, which was practically required reading for hippies.”
“A techi geek word, to grok is a coinage of science-fiction writer R.A. Heinlein, meaning to understand something thoroughly by having empathy with it.”
“I actually think that this is part of the secret of our success -- we write headlines like wire-service stringers, headlines that are meant to be easy to grok from a cluster of RSS links, search-results, and so on.”
“But what is up with the word grok turning up in that article, and so many others lately?”
“An emblem of this book's influence: the word "grok"--Martian for complete, instinctive understanding--has entered the language and a dictionary or two.”
“... calling grok a friendly packaged zope is like calling a pirahna a friendly packaged shark.”
“I might agree somewhat with whatever it is that you are trying to say if I could understand what it is you are trying to say, but unless you can fill out your thoughts into a cogent paragraph, I won't be able to 'grok' your thoughts.”
“What is interesting about this word choice is that I think the vast majority of Americans can follow what she is saying, but only a small percentage truly "grok" the meaning.”
“When ET wrote, had to have all my medical and biology textbooks on hand in order to "grok" his postings.”
“But I think your use of "grok" is a misnomer, given that "understand" and "grok" are only superficially synonymous.”
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