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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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 For true gearheads, standing on a pedestal in the middle of the gallery is an Offenhauser engine. WSJ, "‘Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders’ Review: Beautiful Bodies, Beastly Engines," 26 Nov. 2018 Serious gearheads might consider investing in a Carcoon, a pricey protective layer that blows up like an air mattress and puts the car, literally, in a bubble. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What’s the Best Way to Store a Car for a Long Time?," 11 Sep. 2018 For those gearheads and others familiar with the race — and even for those who know it only in name or through a television screen — the racetrack might seem an unlikely place for photovoltaic panels. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Watch out, gearheads, solar power could be coming to the Speedway at Indianapolis 500," 18 May 2018 For aviation gearheads, the project itself is fascinating. Sam Eifling, Popular Mechanics, "This Deliberate Plane Crash Can Teach You How to Ride One Out," 21 Apr. 2016 As an alternative, interested US gearheads can instead get something just as rad while avoiding those issues: a Hilux Surf. Devin Holody, Ars Technica, "A beginner’s guide to the world of weird and wonderful Japanese import cars," 26 Apr. 2018 Reprisal is described as a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hulu Orders Revenge Drama Pilot 'Reprisal' From 'Handmaid's Tale' Producer," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of gearhead

1974, in the meaning defined above

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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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