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)

Examples of gearhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The early films were landmark progress points for special effects, but Cameron was a gearhead who appreciated wear and tear. Darren Franich,, "At least Terminator: Dark Fate is bad in a funny way," 22 Oct. 2019 The annual race, named after the Olympic cyclist who calls Santa Rosa home, took place earlier this month and attracted both amateur and professional gearheads from all over the world. Matt Villano,, "Sonoma is a not-so-secret mecca for endurance athletes," 24 Oct. 2019 Created by Josh Corbin, the series blurs the line between good and evil as Doris targets a gang of gearheads. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Top choices on Disney+, Apple TV+ and other streaming services: Fall TV preview 2019," 20 Sep. 2019 Fortunately, this is all well within Austin’s skill set, as the talented gearhead was born with a silver wrench in his mouth thanks to his family’s automotive salvage business, which has existed since 1920. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Shaft' Brought the 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS Into 2019," 14 June 2019 The low-slung four-door arrives in two versions—the base model Turbo and specced up Turbo S—with the kind of stats that should make even petrol-chugging gearheads drool. Wired, "With the Taycan, Porsche Launches into the Electric Future," 4 Sep. 2019 Dream up the kinds of products that keep gearheads awake at night. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla Should Pull an Apple: Leave ‘Production Hell’ to Other People," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of gearhead

1974, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2020

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“Gearhead.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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