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bof·fin

 (bŏf′ĭn)
n. Chiefly British Slang
A scientist, especially one engaged in research.

[Origin unknown.]

boffin

(ˈbɒfɪn)
n
1. informal Brit 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
[C20: of uncertain origin]

bof•fin

(ˈbɒf ɪn)

n.
Brit. Slang. a technical expert.
[1940–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boffin - (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
investigator, research worker, researcher - a scientist who devotes himself to doing research

boffin

noun (Brit. informal) expert, authority, brain(s) (informal), intellectual, genius, guru, inventor, thinker, wizard, mastermind, intellect, rocket scientist (informal, chiefly U.S.), egghead, wonk (informal), brainbox, bluestocking (usually disparaging), maven (U.S.) fundi (S. African) a bumbling computer boffin
Translations

boffin

[ˈbɒfɪn] N (Brit) → cerebrito mf

boffin

[ˈbɒfɪn] n (British)expert m

boffin

n (Brit inf) → Eierkopf m (inf), → Egghead m (inf)

boffin

[ˈbɒfɪn] n (Brit) (fam) → scienziato/a
References in classic literature ?
'But there's another chance for you,' said Mr Boffin, smiling still,
'Now, Wegg,' said Mr Boffin, hugging his stick closer, 'I want to make a sort of offer to you.
Here was him as it might be, and here was myself as it might be, and there was you, Mr Boffin, as you identically are, with your self-same stick under your very same arm, and your very same back towards us.
(This, not to release any little advantage he might derive from Mr Boffin's avowal.)
'Well,' repeated Boffin, 'I was a listening to you and to him.
'Lard!' exclaimed Mr Boffin, in a tone of great enjoyment, as he settled himself down, still nursing his stick like a baby, 'it's a pleasant place, this!
'If I am not mistaken, sir,' Mr Wegg delicately hinted, resting a hand on his stall, and bending over the discursive Boffin, 'you alluded to some offer or another that was in your mind?'
'Why, you know every one of these songs by name and by tune, and if you want to read or to sing any one on 'em off straight, you've only to whip on your spectacles and do it!' cried Mr Boffin.
'"A literary man--WITH a wooden leg--and all Print is open to him!" That's what I thought to myself, that morning,' pursued Mr Boffin, leaning forward to describe, uncramped by the clotheshorse, as large an arc as his right arm could make; '"all Print is open to him!" And it is, ain't it?'
'It's something,' answered Mr Boffin, 'but I'll take my oath it ain't much.'
'I don't,' said Boffin, in a free-handed manner, 'want to tie a literary man--WITH a wooden leg--down too tight.
Pointing to this result as a large and satisfactory one, Mr Boffin smeared it out with his moistened glove, and sat down on the remains.