nounBritish • informal
- 1A person engaged in scientific or technical research: the boffins at the Telecommunications Research EstablishmentMore example sentences
- This time around the authors are not drunken magazine hacks back from a long lunch; they're all eminent scientists, boffins and inventors.
- It is already in use by more than 50 local authorities across the country, and has been given the thumbs-up by boffins at the Transport Research Laboratory.
- In groundbreaking research Leeds University boffins discovered that men relax in pubs.
- 1.1A person with knowledge or a skill considered to be complex or arcane: a computer boffinMore example sentences
- BBC1 will devote a Saturday night to the experiment, which should sort out boffins from buffoons by completing a set of brain-teasers.
- As a small business owner, you are not only the head honcho, but also the bean counter, chief salesman, IT boffin, tax specialist and marketing guru too.
- Children are being turned off chemistry and physics by the mad professors and pointy-headed boffins of popular mythology, according to a new study of attitudes to science.
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- It's often portrayed as a pursuit for boffiny men with abnormally high brain-power.
- Championed by boffiny nerds, it appeals to almost everyone at some point in their lives, but rarely elicits strong feelings.
- Now can the bookish, boffiny types out there please explain to me what's going on?
Second World War: of unknown origin.