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- n. A scientist or engineer, especially one engaged in technological or military research.
Rather that just being a high-concept boffin, dazzling the world with limited-edition objects, he's a serious and expansive thinker with a vision toward moving his profession into the future—and democratizing it at the same time.
A repairman couldn't help, so she took the computer in a cab to Stephen Fry, who – boffin that he is – managed to rescue it.
The origin of this word is unknown. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘numerous conjectures have been made about the origin of the word but all lack foundation.’ Eric Patridge suggested the term came from Nicodemus Boffin, a character in Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.