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bof·fin

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

[Origin unknown.]
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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]
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bof•fin

(ˈbɒf ɪn)

n.
Brit. Slang. a technical expert.
[1940–45]
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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
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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
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Translations

boffin

[ˈbɒfɪn] N (Brit) → cerebrito mf
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boffin

[ˈbɒfɪn] n (British)expert m
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boffin

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

[ˈbɒfɪn] n (Brit) (fam) → scienziato/a
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