adjective (brainier; -est) Date: 1867 having or showing a well-developed intellect ; intelligentbraininess noun

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  • brainy — (adj.) 1845, from BRAIN (Cf. brain) (n.) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Latin equivalent cerebrosus meant passionate, hot headed, leading Tucker to remark that Brainy is not a natural expression for frantic …   Etymology dictionary

  • Brainy — Brain y (br[=a]n [y^]), a. 1. Having an active or vigorous mind. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 2. highly intelligent. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brainy — [adj] intelligent bright, brilliant, clever, intellectual, sapient, smart; concept 402 …   New thesaurus

  • brainy — ► ADJECTIVE (brainier, brainiest) informal ▪ intelligent. DERIVATIVES brainily adverb braininess noun …   English terms dictionary

  • brainy — [brān′ē] adj. brainier, brainiest Informal having a good mind; intelligent braininess n …   English World dictionary

  • brainy — [[t]bre͟ɪni[/t]] brainier, brainiest ADJ GRADED Someone who is brainy is clever and good at learning. [INFORMAL] I don t class myself as being very intelligent or brainy. Syn: clever …   English dictionary

  • brainy — UK [ˈbreɪnɪ] / US adjective Word forms brainy : adjective brainy comparative brainier superlative brainiest informal very intelligent, especially at school or college …   English dictionary

  • brainy — brain|y [ˈbreıni] adj comparative brainier superlative brainiest able to learn easily and think quickly = ↑clever American Equivalent: smart ▪ He always was the brainy one, except at maths …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brainy — adjective informal able to learn easily and think quickly; clever: He always was the brainy one, except at maths …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • brainy — adjective, informal behind every successful machine is a brainy scientist Syn: clever, intelligent, smart, bright, brilliant, gifted; intellectual, erudite, academic, scholarly, studious, bookish Ant: stupid …   Thesaurus of popular words

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