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nounSlang: Usually Disparaging.
  1. an intellectual.

Origin of egghead

1915–20; egg1 + head; by analogy with someone who is bald

usage note For egghead

This term is usually used with disparaging intent, implying that an intellectual is out-of-touch with ordinary people. Though first used by journalists to insult editorial writers, egghead was popularized as an epithet of Adlai Stevenson, the 1952 Democratic presidential candidate.

Words Nearby egghead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use egghead in a sentence

  • Well, the first time we met him of course we all thought he was so-called egghead, or whatever words you want to use.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • "You know, Miss Shaw, this isn't just the roughneck's scorn for the egghead," Travis said.

    Oomphel in the Sky | Henry Beam Piper
  • My egghead Psi expert was barely able to restrain himself—he had some bitter things to tell me.

    Modus Vivendi | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He needed and wanted the products of scientific research, but he had a vague fear of the scientist—the "egghead."

    Damned If You Don't | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • On the porch was the egghead feeding ice cream to Mimi Lafontaine.

    Skippy Bedelle | Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for egghead


/ (ˈɛɡˌhɛd) /

  1. informal an intellectual; highbrow

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