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boffin  n.  A scientist or technician, especially one engaged in military research. (British slang)

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"Boffin" Quotes from Famous Books

... south, reach every article in it. But when a lad whose occasional infirmity was fainting was proposed to build the fire, it became necessary to decline, on the ground that there really was not room enough, unless he were so kind as to faint up chimney. A genuine bower it was, but not a Boffin's Bower, where the wedded occupants suited their contrary tastes by having part sanded-floor for Mr. Boffin, and part high-colored carpet for Mrs. Boffin,—"comfort on one side and fashion on the other." In this the walls were hung with pictures, and the windows with lace, ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866 • Various

... hear the girls playing—an amiable touch. At Christmas time, when they would go down on a visit, he would entertain them by reading aloud his proofs and passages not yet published. She described to us 'Boffin,' out of Our Mutual Friend, as admirable. He shows all to Forster before-hand, and consults him as to plot, characters, etc. He has a humorous fashion of giving his little boys comic names; later to appear in his stories. Thus, one known as 'Plorn,' which later ...
— John Forster • Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald

Words linked to "Boffin" :   Britain, slang, U.K., United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, vernacular, investigator, patois, researcher, UK, research worker, cant, United Kingdom

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