\ ˈbrā-nē How to pronounce brainy (audio) \
brainier; brainiest

Definition of brainy

: having or showing a well-developed intellect : intelligent

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braininess noun

Examples of brainy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catherine, born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, was a super-brainy German teenager when the Russian imperial family tapped her to fill the role of the future Czar Peter III’s consort. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 And the key characters from the show — including N.C. himself and brainy, tech-forward bunny Daisy — are on hand in large, vivid models. Steve Johnson,, "Hit ‘Nature Cat’ kids PBS show gets the museum treatment at the Kohl," 31 July 2019 So Christian, Mark and their not-brainy enough pal Josh (William Jackson Harper) scope out the scene and the locals. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Midsommar’ Review: Building a Horror Møusetrap With Swedish Bait," 2 July 2019 The Cars were a brainy band, but this is an openly dumb song that hit No. 4 on the charts because of its dance pulse. Steve Morse,, "The best of the Cars, in 10 songs," 11 Apr. 2018 Cal’s challenges As thousands of brainy students and professors stream back to class, UC Berkeley must contend with a housing crisis, lack of diversity and other problems at the school considered the best public university in the country. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: ‘Very tragic’ boat fire off Southern California shoreline," 3 Sep. 2019 Heather comes across like the brainiest girl in English class but too humble to realize it. Kareem Abdul-jabbar, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What I Learned Writing for 'Veronica Mars'," 15 Aug. 2019 The premise pretty much does follow the TV show, where Dora and her mischievous but brainy monkey Boots take viewers along on journeys of discovery. Chuck Yarborough,, "Cleveland actress Isabela Moner brings cartoon to life in live-action ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’," 5 Aug. 2019 Another is said to have skipped that step and just hired brainy subs to take tests for clients’ children. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Parents will stop at nothing to get their kids into a prestigious school," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of brainy

1845, in the meaning defined above

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21 Nov 2019

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“Brainy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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How to pronounce brainy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of brainy

informal : very intelligent


\ ˈbrā-nē How to pronounce brainy (audio) \
brainier; brainiest

Kids Definition of brainy

: very smart

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