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DVORAK is a keyboard layout designed in the 1920's, named after its creator, August Dvorak. The keys are mapped so that commonly used letters in the English language, including all the vowels, are in the home row. Also, the letters are divided evenly between hands. In this way, your hands and fingers don't have to move much when typing. So basically, DVORAK is efficient and comfortable in English; whether it works just as well in other languages is unknown.

Even with DVORAK's obvious benefits, it is overshadowed by the more commonly used QWERTY layout, which has become the standard for most computers.
Me: Wow I just learned to type in Dvorak and it's awesome!
You: Oh, that's pretty cool. But I'm too used to Qwerty already to learn that.
by ijiermz September 17, 2005
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an alternative keyboard to the normal qwerty keyboards. used by only the leetest of the leet. the letter placement is supposed to be better. the record for the most words ever typed with a keyboard is 212 words a minute, a dvorak keyboard was used
guy #1: let's go on aim and flirt with those sluts
guy #2: sure go ahead
guy #1: dude what the fuck's up with your keyboard it looks all fucked up
guy #2: yeah it's a dvorak keyboard
guy #1: a what? dude you're a geek
by online handle September 16, 2006
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A typing layout developed in the 1940's and intended to replace the clumsy QWERTY layout, designed in the 19th century to actually slow down typing. The Dvorak layout is far more efficient, allowing a typist to achieve a much faster rate than with QWERTY. There are also one-handed versions of Dvorak, for both the right and left hand.
This is the Dvorak layout:

`~ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 { }
'" ,< .> p y f g c r l /? =+ \|
a o e u i d h t n s -_
;: q j k x b m w v z

Any modern computer can be reconfigured to use the Dvorak layout.
by Lackey177 May 28, 2005
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Technically the best keyboard. However, no one ever bothers to use it because QWERTY is a much more fun word.
I know a Dvorak keyboard would speed up my typing, but QWERTY... it just sounds so much cooler! I mean, Dvorak? How do you even pronounce that?
by Weird stuff like that June 27, 2012
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the keyboard layout before QWERTYstepped up to the plate.

Was used on old, crappy typewriters that jammed alot, so they made DVORAK keyboards instead of ABCDEF keyboards so typeists wwould type slower.
Why it went out of use I don't know. It's probably because typeists memorised the DVORAK combo, and made DVORAK typewriters jam, too...
by That Bum June 12, 2005
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