tech·​no·​phile | \ ˈtek-nə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce technophile (audio) \

Definition of technophile

: an enthusiast of technology

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technophilia \ ˌtek-​nō-​ˈfi-​lē-​ə How to pronounce technophile (audio) \ noun

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The word technophile came along soon after technophobe, which seemed to need an antonym. Its own synonyms include geek, gearhead, and propeller-head (for the characters in 1950s comic books who wore propeller beanies to indicate that they were sci-fi fans). Even before American inventors began amazing the world with their "Yankee ingenuity" in the 19th century, most Americans could be described as technology lovers. Today, American technophilia may be seen most vividly when a new version of a popular video game sells millions of copies to young buyers on the day of its release.

Examples of technophile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In theory, a technophile might be able to surveil a room using an ordinary laptop and the radio antenna from a wireless router, Turpin says. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "‘Time camera’ generates 3D images from echoes of light," 4 Aug. 2020 Still, there’s no reason just yet for technophobes to panic — or, for that matter, for technophiles to celebrate. Stephen L. Carterbloomberg, Houston Chronicle, "We made pizza. We made robots. Why not robot pizza?," 31 Jan. 2020 Transmissions used to be another Corvette component that technophile derided as out of date. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 Lately technophiles, politicians and journalists have been worrying out loud that China is pulling ahead in the effort to harness said weirdness for industry and power, better spying and better computing. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Quantum Computing Is Coming, Bit by Qubit," 21 Oct. 2019 In 2016, prosecutors said, some of those drugs reached 21-year-old Ruslan Klyuev, a baby-faced, curly haired technophile who lived in a working-class suburb of San Francisco. Washington Post, "Jury deliberating in Utah case involving major opioid ring," 29 Aug. 2019 The doomsday argument all but rules out the final frontier to which many technophiles aspire. William Poundstone, WSJ, "‘Doomsday’ Math Says Humanity May Have Just 760 Years Left," 27 June 2019 For a technophile, his office is notably analog: a mountain of paper on his desk obscures an Economist and a copy of James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty, and on display are books by his father, the journalist Peter H. Wyden. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Sen. Ron Wyden on breaking up Facebook, net neutrality, and the law that built the internet," 24 July 2018 Everybody has a view: for or against; optimist or pessimist; fear-monger or Panglossian technophile. Fred Pearce, Time, "How the 'Compulsive Secrecy’ of the Atomic Age Has Changed the Way We Think," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of technophile

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for technophile

techno- + -phile

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“Technophile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of technophile

: someone who likes and enjoys technology and modern machines (such as computers)

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