boffin

Definitions

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  • n. A scientist or engineer, especially one engaged in technological or military research.

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The origin of this word is unknown. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘numerous conjectures have been made about the origin of the word but all lack foundation.’ Eric Patridge suggested the term came from Nicodemus Boffin, a character in Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.

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