gear·​head ˈgir-ˌhed How to pronounce gearhead (audio)
: a person who pursues mechanical or technological interests (as in automobiles or computers)

Examples of gearhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Google Nest founder Matt Rogers didn’t shy away from the commitment, venturing fully and completely into a realm many gearheads consider sacrilegious, all with the goal of producing zero tailpipe emissions. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2024 Which leads to all the discussions about exhaust valves, engineering quirks and scads of other stuff that will warm the hearts of gearheads everywhere. Joe Leydon, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 Why Trust Travel + Leisure For this story, writer Joel Balsam reviewed the best laptops on the market and used his insights as a gearhead, full-time traveler, and digital nomad to make these picks. Joel Balsam, Travel + Leisure, 6 Dec. 2023 As electrification quickly permeates the automotive landscape, the visceral atmosphere of historic racing, where the cacophony of various 12-cylinder engines is complemented by the potent scent of internal-combustion, is enough to melt any gearhead’s heart. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2023 The jocks, gearheads, popular girls, nerds, stoners, rockers, etc., all working in one store, all summer long., 8 Sep. 2023 The Yeti Panga is the waterproof duffel to beat, thanks to its sturdy build and extreme popularity with gearheads. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 30 Aug. 2023 Someone had dug a pond, trucked in fifty loads of dirt, and gathered dozens of gearheads, mechanics, safety officials, heavy-equipment operators, and E.M.T.s in the hope of launching people like me just a little bit skyward. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023 The 2019 blockbuster Ford v Ferrari, for example, wetted the appetite of more than just gearheads, garnering two Academy Awards and a nomination for Best Picture. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gearhead was in 1974

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“Gearhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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