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boffin

[bof-in] /ˈbɒf ɪn/
noun, British Slang.
1.
a scientist or technical expert.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for boffin's

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's

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").

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Slang definitions & phrases for boffin's

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+)


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