(noun) Originally referred to an Italian-American male; similar
to Mick in reference to an Irish-American male; Modern use extends beyond ethnicity, gender, and income levels
to refer to a average person inclined not to be athletically or mentally gifted, especially in the moment or during a particular situation. Mook
as either a humorous (knucklehead) or derrogative (jerk) expression of humanistic imperfection or inappropriatness, such
as to describe a person's clumsiness or loudness. The word
is most often
heard in the NE region
of the United States, particularly New York City, Atlantic
City, Philadelphia, and Boston.
Hear "What a mook!" in a ballpark when a baseball player drops an easy fly ball or to describe a person having no worldly knowledge beyond his neighborhood. Two brothers reply "...because we are just a couple
of Mooks!" when asked why after
graduating from elite universities they
ended up doing PBS talk radio about
automobile repairs. The word mook is best applied
with a Bronx, Philly, or New Jersey shore accent.