noun, often attributive
egg·​head | \ ˈeg-ˌhed How to pronounce egghead (audio) , ˈāg- \
plural eggheads

Definition of egghead

informal + often disparaging
: a person with intellectual interests or pretensions : a brainy person If you loved to read, you were considered an egghead, and there was absolutely nothing worse than to be considered an egghead.— Marvin V. Arnett often used before another noun a bunch of egghead scientists

Examples of egghead in a Sentence

He dismissed all scientists as a bunch of eggheads. the unlikely marriage between a literary egghead and a Hollywood sex symbol

First Known Use of egghead

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of egghead was in 1907

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“Egghead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of egghead

informal + usually disapproving : a highly educated person who may not know much about real life

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