American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Slang A scientist, especially one engaged in research.
- n. UK, informal A scientist or engineer, especially one engaged in technological or military research.
- n. this sense?) An elderly naval officer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. British slang a scientist or technician, especially one engaged in military research.
- n. (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research
- Unknown (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Checking on the boffin was her first responsibility, a duty she was already late for.”
“Seriously, the boffin was a particular type of scientist who could understand the viewpoint of the services, who worked with them, and who frequently shared their dangers.”
“Just in case you still think Jones is just some no-name boffin toiling pitifully in academia's climate change coal mines, one file in the exposed CRU records reveals that he has collected 13.7 million in grants since 1990.”
“Before he found TV success in The Thick of It, Chris Addison was known as the boffin-comic:”
“I think the word "boffin" should get its own tag...it's magnificent.”
“In connection with a major TV series they are producing about the OED, the BBC has set up a nifty Word Hunt site where readers can help identify the origins and first uses of 50 terms, ranging from "boffin" and "bog standard" to "ska" and "snazzy.”
“Calling anyone within a 100 yard radius of a petri dish a "boffin".”
“boffin" is a real account, but there is no indication as to why it is abused in this spam.”
“Rather that just being a high-concept boffin, dazzling the world with limited-edition objects, he's a serious and expansive thinker with a vision toward moving his profession into the future—and democratizing it at the same time.”
“Things kick off tonight with a performance by Mark Aerial Waller, interpreting conceptual artist and science boffin John Latham's Government Of The First And Thirteenth Chair, an attempt to reconcile the infinite expanse of time with the fleeting moment.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘boffin’.
List of laboratory glassware and apparatuses, machines, tools, etc., starting with burette.
Please feel free to help me populate this list, all you mad scientist Wordniks.
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every major discipline has uniquely developed esoteric nomenclature to facilitate interdisciplinary dissemination
as a techie, I run across nerd words.
Well-known phrases in Irish English that aren't understood in American English.
A somewhat discriminatory list of words and phrases collected for their euphonic or arcane appeal, interesting etymology, or concise definition of an otherwise unnamed phenomenon or concept.
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