Definition of egghead in US English:



  • A person who is highly academic or studious; an intellectual.

    ‘the TV egghead who brought science to the masses’
    • ‘The conference will be chock full with academic jargon and sagely nodding eggheads, but it is all free.’
    • ‘The New York Post calls him an effete egghead, but that doesn't quite capture it.’
    • ‘If I write about that, I'll sound like an egghead.’
    • ‘I used to think Mensa was a club full of nerdy eggheads who could tell you all about quantum theory and Bill James' baseball statistics, but couldn't tell you where they left their car keys.’
    • ‘His new, meticulously researched history scopes out the role eggheads have played at the White House since 1960.’
    • ‘Said eggheads have discovered that walking and talking on your mobile at the same time could eventually put you in a wheelchair because, terrifyingly, the human body did not evolve to walk and talk at the same time.’
    • ‘While successive opinion polls confirm that Britain remains against the euro, the eggheads in the government maintain that support for the pound is soft.’
    • ‘As researchers show how the two diseases are very much alike, I'm waiting with bated breath to see what kind of biological differences, if any, these eggheads might find.’
    • ‘‘I'm a practical guy, I am not an egghead,’ Kaplan said.’
    • ‘Even erudite eggheads can't be expected to know everything!’
    • ‘If you think copyright issues don't concern you and that a five-day intensive course focusing on the protection and enforcement of patents and trademarks is strictly the domain of eggheads, well, you might actually be right.’
    • ‘The eggheads in intelligence dropped the ball, but the warrior types are ready to make up for it.’
    • ‘In today's political climate nothing spells defeat for Democrats more than the image of a bunch of fey, ivory tower eggheads running the military.’
    • ‘Once academic exercises for eggheads, college business-plan contests now offer competitors the chance to win sizeable chunks of cash and launch a business.’
    • ‘I was the egghead from academia who got in because the rules had changed.’
    • ‘Super-smart eggheads are busily working to perfect cars that run on batteries, and ways to lock carbon dioxide away underground.’
    • ‘You'll recall, a few years back, how a pair of eggheads at the University of Utah announced that they'd effected cold fusion on a table top.’
    • ‘So, is the target demographic 60-something Asian eggheads?’
    • ‘You don't have to be an egghead to read philosophy, you can even read it on the conveyer belt at your local gym, thus combining your physical and intellectual work-outs and saving valuable time.’
    • ‘Groton Labs isn't some academic hothouse where a few eggheads are allowed to toil fruitlessly forever.’
    brilliance, great intelligence, great intellect, great ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, sagacity, fine mind, wit, artistry, flair, creative power, precocity, precociousness
    intellectual, intellect, bluestocking, thinker, academic, scholar, sage
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By analogy with a bald head.