[Ads-l] gearheads for motoring

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 4 01:20:30 EST 2017

1. About “gearhead,” the online Oxford English Dictionaries says:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/gearhead <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/gearhead>

A person who is very interested in cars.

Example sentence:
‘The gearheads that race bikes are constantly changing something, tweaking a little here or there, looking to get more power out of their bikes.’

To be fair, the definition of “car” includes road vehicles that don’t have four wheels, but I doubt that “a small number of people” would make that work for a motorcycle:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/car <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/car>
A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people:

2. There is a Facebook group called “Godless Gearheads” and its description says: 

… Whether it's a motorcycle, car, truck, atv or plane there's an open bay with a lift to get your hands dirty here. 

3. Wiktionary says:
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gearhead <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gearhead>

An enthusiast for new technology, or for motoring.

Benjamin Barrett 
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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