1) N-COUNT A boffin is a scientist, especially one who is doing research. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

The boffins of Imperial College in London think they may have found a solution.

2) N-COUNT Very clever people are sometimes called boffins. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

A computer boffin is set to make ₤5million from his revolutionary photo technology.

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