noun British Slang.

a scientist or technical expert.

Nearby words

  1. boet,
  2. boethius,
  3. boetius,
  4. boeuf bourguignon,
  5. boff,
  6. boffo,
  7. boffola,
  8. bofors gun,
  9. bog,
  10. bog asphodel

Origin of boffin

First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boffin



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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Word Origin and History for boffin



"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").

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