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Friday, January 31, 2014

Definitions for boffin

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Citations for boffin
A brilliant boffin — well, everyone attached to Tea Clipper was brilliant in one way or another. Tom Clancy, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, 1988
Two years thinking of nothing else. Nobel laureate, balding boffin, government appointee, in the dock, fighting to stay out of jail. Ian McEwan, Solar, 2010
Origin of boffin
Boffin arose in the early 1940s. Though there are many hypotheses about its etymology, its origin remains unknown.