astro-boffin

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

astro- +‎ boffin

Noun[edit]

astro-boffin (plural astro-boffins)

  1. (UK, Australia, informal) An expert in a field relating to the stars, especially astronomy.
    • 2006, Jonathan Green, "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em", The Age, 19 August 2006:
      Perhaps while confirming the diminution of Pluto's status, the astro-boffins might like to consider a name change for the U-planet.
    • 2007, Mark Kermode, "2007: a scorching new space odyssey", The Observer, 25 March 2007:
      Space travel turns into a journey to hell. 'I created the Event Horizon to reach the stars!' burbles Sam Neill's astro-boffin. 'But she's gone much further than that - to a dimension of pure chaos, pure evil!'
    • 2008, Andy McNab, "Let's make-up", 4men, 10 April 2008:
      'The birth of new galaxies' - I'll produce unlimited copy, that'll leave the entire astro-boffin community scratching their heads in disbelief as they're forced to re-evaluate the whole time/space continuum...
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