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propeller head

Slang. a person who is obsessively devoted to an especially technical pursuit.
Origin of propeller head
1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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propeller head

noun phrase

A computer expert or enthusiast; geek, nerd: Interactive multimedia software? The propeller heads live for this stuff

[mid-1980s+; fr their visualization as wearing ridiculous little beanies with propellers on top]

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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propeller head in Technology

Used by hackers, this is synonym with computer geek. Non-hackers sometimes use it to describe all techies. Probably derives from SF fandom's tradition (originally invented by old-time fan Ray Faraday Nelson) of propeller beanies as fannish insignia (though nobody actually wears them except as a joke).
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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