Boffin



a scientist or technical expert.
Historical Examples

Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Marjorie’s Busy Days Carolyn Wells
Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
The Letters of Charles Dickens Charles Dickens
Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens

noun
(Brit, informal) a scientist, esp one carrying out military research
a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field: a Treasury boffin
(informal) someone who is considered to be very clever, often to the exclusion of all non-academic interests
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