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poindexter

n.

"nerdy intellectual," by 1986, U.S. teenager slang, from the character Poindexter, introduced 1959 in the made-for-TV cartoon version of "Felix the Cat."

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  • "But it has never been recorded," said Poindexter, with a carelessness he was far from feeling.

    On the Frontier

    Bret Harte

  • She said this so naturally and quietly that Poindexter was deceived.

    On the Frontier

    Bret Harte

  • She tried to recall Poindexter's words, even her own enthusiasm, but in vain.

    On the Frontier

    Bret Harte

  • Whether it's really hers, or she's only keeping house for Poindexter, she's a fixture, you bet.

    On the Frontier

    Bret Harte

  • Poindexter had told her it was four miles to the shanty; she might walk there.

    On the Frontier

    Bret Harte