Definition of propeller-head in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈpelərˌhed/
(also propeller head or propellerhead)


A person who has an obsessive interest in computers or technology.
Example sentences
  • One of the propeller-heads in the front office noticed the stats of a pitcher on a small college team.
  • The numbers can by consent, pretty much look after themselves, with some tender loving care from propeller-heads.
  • Keep it up, and don't let neurotic propeller-heads ever made you think anything is wrong.


1980s: probably with reference to a beanie hat with a propeller on top, popularized by science fiction enthusiasts.

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Syllabification: pro·pel·ler-head

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