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[bof-in] /ˈbɒf ɪn/
noun, British Slang.
a scientist or technical expert.
Origin of boffin
1940-45; origin uncertain Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for boffin


(Brit, informal) a scientist, esp one carrying out military research
a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field: a Treasury boffin
(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

"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").

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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.
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