- an intellectual.
Origin of egghead
Examples from the Web for egghead
That's something that egghead liberals are supposed to be guilty of.Romney and Culture: Flip-Flop-Flip!
August 1, 2012
Gore was painted as an egghead, and was, but again Southern-ness diluted the cocktail a bit.Rick Perry: Red-State Warrior
August 13, 2011
Does egghead Obama, as so many critics suspect, lack a common touch?Hail to the First Granny
January 24, 2009
"You're too smart for your own britches, egghead," Crowley snarled.The Common Man
Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
On the porch was the Egghead feeding ice cream to Mimi Lafontaine.Skippy Bedelle
"Egghead, you are both intelligent and comforting," said Hickey.
"Beauty's sister," said the Egghead, gaping with astonishment.
Butcher and Egghead have got to take two each—that would make sixteen.
- informal an intellectual; highbrow
Word Origin and History for egghead
1907, "bald person," from egg (n.) + head (n.). Sense of "intellectual" is attested from 1918, among Chicago newspapermen; popularized by U.S. syndicated columnist Stewart Alsop in 1952 in reference to Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign.
Adlai Stevenson once told what it was like to be the rare intellectual in politics. "Via ovicapitum dura est," he said, the way of the egghead is hard. [New York Times, Oct. 28, 1982]