noun British Slang.
a scientist or technical expert.
Origin of boffin
First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for boffin
Historical Examples of boffin
Baby Rosamond bundled out backward, dropping Boffin as she did so.
Rosy Posy was too little to have a special chum, so Boffin was her companion.
Then they played other games, in which Boffin joined, and also Marjorie's kitten, Puff.
"I don't think the Duke will dress himself like that," said Mrs. Boffin.
"It is very well done,—very well, indeed," said Mr. Boffin to him.
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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