Definition of boffin
: a scientific expert; especially : one involved in technological research
Examples of boffin in a sentence
Our boffins finally broke the enemy's code!
Did You Know?
Boffin is an informal word that is more common in the U.K. than in the U.S. It is a relative newcomer to the English language, only appearing toward the end of World War II. Despite its youth, however, the origins of "boffin" are a mystery to us. The term was probably first applied by British Royal Air Force members to the scientists and engineers working closely with radar technology. The term was soon being more broadly applied to scientists involved in technological research. British speakers also use "boffin" colloquially to refer to academics or intellectuals in general, often in a manner that is synonymous with "nerd" or "egghead."
Origin and Etymology of boffin
First Known Use: 1942
BOFFIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of boffin for English Language Learners
: a research scientist
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