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egghead

[eg-hed] /ˈɛgˌhɛd/
noun, Informal: Often Disparaging.
1.
an intellectual.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; egg1 + head
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British Dictionary definitions for egg heads

egghead

/ˈɛɡˌhɛd/
noun
1.
(informal) an intellectual; highbrow
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Word Origin and History for egg heads
egghead
1907, "bald person," from egg (n.) + head. Sense of "intellectual" is attested from 1918, among Chicago newspapermen; popularized by U.S. syndicated columnist Stewart Alsop in 1952 in ref. to Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign.
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Slang definitions & phrases for egg heads

egghead

noun
  1. A bald man (1950s+)
  2. An intellectual; thinker; double dome •Revived in the 1950s to designate the followers of Adlai Stevenson: An egghead is ''one who calls Marilyn Monroe Mrs Arthur Miller'' (1907+)

[second sense presumably fr the putative high, domed, egg-shaped heads of such persons; the term was used in a letter of Carl Sandburg about 1918]


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