brainy [brey-nee] ExamplesWord Origin adjective, brain·i·er, brain·i·est. Informal.

  1. intelligent; clever; intellectual.

Origin of brainy First recorded in 1835–45; brain + -y1 Related formsbrain·i·ly, adverbbrain·i·ness, noun Related Words for brainier brilliant, bright, clever, intellectual, sapient, smart Examples from the Web for brainier Historical Examples of brainier

  • Mr. Mix knew that he was brainier than John Starkweather; he admitted it.


    Holworthy Hall

  • Mr. Miller: “I believed them sincere particularly the brainier men.”

    The Pullman Boycott

    W. F. Burns

  • Rosalind not like Beatrice, Eleanor like Beatrice, only wilder and brainier.

    This Side of Paradise

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • British Dictionary definitions for brainier brainy adjective brainier or brainiest

    1. informal clever; intelligent

    Derived Formsbrainily, adverbbraininess, noun Word Origin and History for brainier brainy adj.

    1845, from brain (n.) + -y (2). Latin equivalent cerebrosus meant “passionate, hot-headed,” leading Tucker to remark that ” ‘Brainy’ is not a natural expression for ‘frantic.’ “

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