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2 definitions found
 for propeller head
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  propeller head
   n.
  
      Used by hackers, this is syn. with geek. Non-hackers sometimes use it to
      describe all techies. Prob. derives from SF fandom's tradition (originally
      invented by old-time fan Ray Faraday Nelson) of propeller beanies as
      fannish insignia (though nobody actually wears them except as a joke).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  propeller head
  
      Used by hackers, this is synonym with computer
     geek.  Non-hackers sometimes use it to describe all techies.
     Probably derives from SF fandom's tradition (originally
     invented by old-time fan Ray Faraday Nelson) of propeller
     beanies as fannish insignia (though nobody actually wears them
     except as a joke).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-01-18)
  

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