Definition of boffin in English:

boffin

Line breaks: bof¦fin
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒfɪn
 
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noun

British informal
1A person engaged in scientific or technical research: the boffins at the Telecommunications Research Establishment
More 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.
Synonyms
scientist, technician, researcher, inventor
informal egghead, brains, Einstein, whizz, wizard, alpha geek
British informal brainbox, clever clogs
North American informal maven, rocket scientist, brainiac
1.1A person with knowledge or a skill considered to be complex or arcane: a computer boffin
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  • 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.

Origin

Second World War: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

boffiny

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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?

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