gear·​head | \ ˈgir-ˌhed How to pronounce gearhead (audio) \

Definition of gearhead

: a person who pursues mechanical or technological interests (as in automobiles or computers)

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Recent Examples on the Web In fact, his sons say their father — founder and CEO of Crown Automotive Group, one of the largest automobile dealerships in the southeast — wasn’t really much of a gearhead. al, "Dwayne Hawkins, Crown Automotive founder and Alabama native, dead at 85," 30 Dec. 2020 With a backstory like that, this box will be treasured in any gearhead’s garage. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make This All-Metal Toolbox," 13 June 2020 One of my favorite parts about working in the Gadget Lab is how gearheads have strong opinions on ... pretty much everything. Adrienne So, Wired, "Our 13 Favorite Gadgets and Gizmos for Under $20," 3 May 2020 Billy Corgan, leader of the Smashing Pumpkins, has been catching flak among gearheads on the internet recently for purporting that paint color affects the sound of guitars. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?," 31 Dec. 2018 Exhausting: The stereo also has to fight the 124 Abarth’s exhaust note — which sounds quite as if some gearhead left the muffler off the car. Scott Sturgis,, "2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth makes drivers want to stretch summer," 25 Oct. 2019 Since the original Fast and Furious movie came out in 2001, gearheads across the world have been captivated and inspired by Vin Diesel and his gang and their on-screen, off-the-rails racing. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "Watch Trailer for Fast & Furious 9," 31 Jan. 2020 As 2019’s finish line approaches, here is a handful of holiday gift ideas geared toward gearheads of any age. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Goodies will give your favorite automotive enthusiast some thrills," 29 Nov. 2019 George Lucas grew up a gearhead, a car guy from a car culture. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: The Empire Strikes Back is the special effects movie that hates special effects," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gearhead

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Gearhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gearhead

US, informal : a person who is very interested in mechanical or technical things (such as cars or computers)

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