pro·​pel·​ler-head prə-ˈpe-lər-ˌhed How to pronounce propeller-head (audio)
slang, often disparaging
: an enthusiast of technology and especially of computers : technophile

Word History


from cartoon images of science fiction fans wearing caps with a propeller protruding from the top

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of propeller-head was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Propeller-head.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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