Definition of boffin in English:

boffin

noun

British
informal
  • 1A person engaged in scientific or technical research:

    ‘the boffins at the Telecommunications Research Establishment’
    • ‘Aircraft factories broke production records, and a brand-new air defence system was improvised by a mixture of eccentric boffins and a bright young staff of mostly female technicians.’
    • ‘The beach boffins came up with a formula to work out the quality of the grains of sand and its cohesive powers.’
    • ‘A boffin has invented a car that runs on grass, or pigeon poo, or privet cuttings.’
    • ‘It is already in use by more than 50 local authorities across the country, and has been given the thumbs-up by boffins at the Transport Research Laboratory.’
    • ‘He has set his sights on featuring in an inventors and boffins special.’
    • ‘Using a highly scientific personality test, the boffins behind this genius idea will match you up with one of six potential mates who will then romance you via email.’
    • ‘Now, though, the boffins have seemingly invented a super salmon which is immune to diseases such as ISA and grows six times faster than the rate of normal farmed fish.’
    • ‘In groundbreaking research Leeds University boffins discovered that men relax in pubs.’
    • ‘Although collectors of real Dylan bootlegs will have been aware of this material for years, this spruced-up authorised version is another technical feat from the Columbia boffins.’
    • ‘Computer boffins working for a Glasgow architect have produced a CD which lets you explore the location and take a peek into the apartments, before a brick has been laid.’
    • ‘The MIT boffins created a physical one-way function by connecting cryptography with mesoscopics, the study of how waves travel in disordered materials.’
    • ‘Few cricket players or administrators are drawn from the ranks of scientific boffins.’
    • ‘By getting his name on the starring list, John has qualified to join a bizarre game created by computer boffins at Virginia University in the US which links actors through their films.’
    • ‘So what is a computer boffin doing teaching a physical education class?’
    • ‘In March, boffins at the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire found that using a mobile phone while driving was more dangerous than being drunk behind the wheel.’
    • ‘The team of boffins used the computer to find the period of a mathematical function, one of the basic maths building blocks of modern cryptography, doing so in the equivalent of a single CPU cycle.’
    • ‘Some of the initial results of the 2001 Census certainly startled the mathematical boffins.’
    • ‘This time around the authors are not drunken magazine hacks back from a long lunch; they're all eminent scientists, boffins and inventors.’
    • ‘He went on to suggest future inventions for boffins to work on: the slamless door, the suckless soup spoon and the trickleless tap.’
    • ‘Did you know that boffin means ‘scientific expert’?’
    expert, specialist, authority, genius, mastermind
    scientist, technician, researcher, inventor
    egghead, brains, einstein, whizz, wizard, alpha geek
    brainbox, clever clogs
    maven, rocket scientist, brainiac
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    1. 1.1 A person with knowledge or a skill considered to be complex or arcane:
      ‘a computer boffin’
      • ‘No, plant and science boffins needn't drop everything and arrive in Allen to seek out the rare blue daffodils.’
      • ‘It is a day for looking into one's soul - for behaving like one of those virus scanners the boffins have installed on my untrusty laptop.’
      • ‘As a small business owner, you are not only the head honcho, but also the bean counter, chief salesman, IT boffin, tax specialist and marketing guru too.’
      • ‘He leads an excellent ensemble cast as they battle the elements, politicians and US boffins who think they know better.’
      • ‘The boffins also came to the conclusion that the armour was made in a low temperature bush fire and not in a blacksmith's forge as originally thought.’
      • ‘Children are being turned off chemistry and physics by the mad professors and pointy-headed boffins of popular mythology, according to a new study of attitudes to science.’
      • ‘One of the main aims of this Trail is to open the world of archaeology to people beyond the boffins.’
      • ‘Avid readers and transport boffins will notice that this is the old sign from Melbourne Train Doors.’
      • ‘Some motoring boffins lauded the design, describing it as confident, unapologetic and revolutionary.’
      • ‘Being a boffin, I had access to computers a generation before most people did and I still have a copy of the first program I wrote - in 1967.’
      • ‘His election reminds me of one of those 1950s science fiction movies in which a mad boffin throws a lever and the poles are reversed.’
      • ‘Network security breaches and virus attacks are not the realm of only a few teched-up boffins.’
      • ‘Now, that's quite a brief for a pack of boffins playing with computers.’
      • ‘BBC1 will devote a Saturday night to the experiment, which should sort out boffins from buffoons by completing a set of brain-teasers.’
      • ‘Fertility expert Professor Winston shot to fame as a TV boffin after presenting a string of award-winning BBC science programmes.’
      • ‘This has something to do with the new servers Halo boffins are presently introducing.’
      • ‘Northern hemisphere boffins are clearing their desks ahead of the summer holidays.’
      • ‘The boffins work it out by comparing government tax take with national income.’
      • ‘What role did he and the intelligence boffins play in compiling the deceitful dossiers last September and February?’
      • ‘Analysts and IT boffins are confident that the technology is going to be mainstream before very long.’
      influence, sway, control, leverage, power, command, weight
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Origin

Second World War: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

boffin

/ˈbɒfɪn/