boffin

[ bof-in ]
/ ˈbɒf ɪn /

noun British Slang.

a scientist or technical expert.

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Origin of boffin

First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for boffin

boffin
/ (ˈbɒfɪn) /

noun

British informal a scientist, esp one carrying out military research
a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular fielda Treasury boffin
informal someone who is considered to be very clever, often to the exclusion of all non-academic interests

Word Origin for boffin

C20: of uncertain origin
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