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boffin

[bof-in] /ˈbɒf ɪn/
noun, British Slang.
1.
a scientist or technical expert.
Origin of boffin
1940-1945
First recorded in 1940-45; origin uncertain
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  • Baby Rosamond bundled out backward, dropping boffin as she did so.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • Rosy Posy was too little to have a special chum, so boffin was her companion.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • Then they played other games, in which boffin joined, and also Marjorie's kitten, Puff.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • "It is very well done,—very well, indeed," said Mr. boffin to him.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • "I don't think the Duke will dress himself like that," said Mrs. boffin.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • Then Mr. boffin took away Mrs. boffin, much to that lady's regret.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • Mr. boffin in all his parliamentary experience had known nothing like it.

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  • After that Mr. boffin admitted Sir Orlando back into his heart of hearts.

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  • Mrs. boffin, as I judge of her from the sketch, "very good, indeed."

  • It's an odd name; boffin, or Giffin, or something like that.

    The Price Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for boffin

boffin

/ˈbɒfɪn/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a scientist, esp one carrying out military research
2.
a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field: a Treasury boffin
3.
(informal) someone who is considered to be very clever, often to the exclusion of all non-academic interests
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for boffin
n.

"person engaged in innovative research," especially in aviation, 1945; earlier "elderly naval officer" (1941), probably from one of the "Mr. Boffins" of English literature (e.g. "Our Mutual Friend").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for boffin

boffin

noun

An expert, esp in a scientific or technical field: Computer boffins play a game called hunt the wumpus

[WWII British aviators; origin unknown; conceivably fr a humorous comparison between the laboratories and shops of experts and the enormous trash heaps of Mr and Mrs Boffin in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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