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boffin

[bof-in] /ˈbɒf ɪn/
noun, British Slang.
1.
a scientist or technical expert.
Origin of boffin
1940-1945
1940-45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for boffin
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  • But in spite of all their fine things, Mr. and Mrs. boffin remained the same good, kind-hearted couple they had always been.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Rosy Posy was too little to have a special chum, so boffin was her companion.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • Bella's eyes followed him to the door, lighted on Mr boffin complacently thrown back in his easy chair, and drooped over her book.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • "It is very well done,—very well, indeed," said Mr. boffin to him.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • Mr. boffin wanted to tell everybody the truth at once, but John would not let them.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Then Mr. boffin took away Mrs. boffin, much to that lady's regret.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • This, not to release any little advantage he might derive from Mr boffin's avowal.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • "There doesn't seem to be a doubt about it," said Mr. boffin.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • Mrs. boffin, as I judge of her from the sketch, "very good, indeed."

  • Mr boffin went over these stones slowly and with much caution.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for boffin

boffin

/ˈbɒfɪn/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a scientist, esp one carrying out military research
2.
a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field: a Treasury boffin
3.
(informal) someone who is considered to be very clever, often to the exclusion of all non-academic interests
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for boffin
n.

"person engaged in innovative research," especially in aviation, 1945; earlier "elderly naval officer" (1941), probably from one of the "Mr. Boffins" of English literature (e.g. "Our Mutual Friend").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for boffin

bitch of a

adjective phrase

Very remarkable, awful, admirable, distressing, etc; a HELL OF A, some kind of: Getting the thing together was a bitch of a job/ She's wearing one sweet bitch of a dress! (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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