noun British Slang.
Origin of boffin
Examples from the Web for boffin
A kind, shrewd man was Mr. Boffin, devoted to his wife, whom he greatly admired.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1|The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
He manifestly objected to communicate with Mr Boffin's solicitor.
In the splendid Boffin house they lived happily for many years, surrounded by Bella's children.Tales from Dickens|Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
I think it will be quite enough to say that I had a difference with Mr Boffin, and have left for good.'
Curls had been brushed, hair-ribbons freshly tied, and even Boffin had a new blue ribbon round his neck.Marjorie's Busy Days|Carolyn Wells
Word Origin 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").