Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 16:39:38 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower Subject: Re: -head > > I believe a gearhead is a person who's into fixing engines, cars, hot > rodding, etc. One doesn't hear it much anymore. The _Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang_ defines _gearhead_ as "a student majoring in engineering or a related subject; (also) an engineer or person skilled in mechanics," and supplies citations from 1974, 1974, 1987, 1990, 1991, and 1992. "Chiphead," alluded to by another poster, is first on record in 1982 in HDAS. Jesse Sheidlower