poindexter

noun
poin·​dex·​ter | \ ˈpȯin(t)-ˌdek-stər How to pronounce poindexter (audio) \
variants: or Poindexter
plural poindexters or Poindexters

Definition of poindexter

US, informal
: a person with intellectual or academic interests or pretensions "We have this picture of data scientists as these Poindexters in lab coats … "— Matt West Because, as the head of a team of poindexters from Hewlett-Packard and U.C.L.A., this 37-year-old chemistry professor is a leading figure in the whiz-bang field of nanotechnology …— James Wolcott He's an absolute swot, but shares his knowledge generously with the rest of the class, unlike those Poindexters I tried to copy from …— Tony Squires especially : nerd Any self-respecting poindexter knows to carry an eyeglass repair kit with those tiny screwdrivers to tighten a loose earpiece. — Jason Tanz … The Simpsons boasts such an impressive array of geeks, dweebs, nerds, poindexters, doofuses and socially maladjusted malcontents … — Nathan Rabin

First Known Use of poindexter

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poindexter

from Poindexter, boy genius who wears a lab coat and mortarboard hat in the television cartoon series Felix the Cat (1959-60)

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“Poindexter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poindexter. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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