brainiac

noun brain·i·ac \ ˈbrā-nē-ˌak \

Definition of brainiac

:a very intelligent person

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Examples of brainiac in a Sentence

  1. a techie who always has to have the latest gadget that the brainiacs in Silicon Valley have cooked up

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Did You Know?

As Superman fans know, "Brainiac" was the superintelligent villain in the Action Comics series and its spin-offs. You don't need x-ray vision to see the connection here - etymologists think Superman's brainy adversary was probably the inspiration for our term "brainiac." We didn't coin the term right away though. The comic-book series was launched in 1938, and the general use of "brainiac" was first recorded in print in 1982.

Origin and Etymology of brainiac

probably from Brainiac, superintelligent villain in the Superman comic-book series


BRAINIAC Defined for English Language Learners

brainiac

noun

Definition of brainiac for English Language Learners

  • : a very intelligent person



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