egghead

[ eg-hed ]
/ ˈɛgˌhɛd /

noun Slang: Usually Disparaging.

an intellectual.

Origin of egghead

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

Usage note

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for egghead

egghead

/ (ˈɛɡˌhɛd) /

noun

informal an intellectual; highbrow
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Word Origin and History for egghead

egghead


n.

1907, "bald person," from egg (n.) + head (n.). Sense of "intellectual" is attested from 1918, among Chicago newspapermen; popularized by U.S. syndicated columnist Stewart Alsop in 1952 in reference to Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign.

Adlai Stevenson once told what it was like to be the rare intellectual in politics. "Via ovicapitum dura est," he said, the way of the egghead is hard. [New York Times, Oct. 28, 1982]
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