brain·​less | \ˈbrān-ləs \

Definition of brainless 

1 : devoid of intelligence : stupid a brainless decision

2 : not demanding understanding or intelligence : dull, stupefying a brainless task brainless repetition

3 : lacking a brain brainless organisms

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Other Words from brainless

brainlessly adverb
brainlessness noun

Examples of brainless in a Sentence

He thought most of his coworkers were brainless. The plot of the new movie is brainless and the acting is terrible.

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The kids drink, smoke, say horrible things about women and make brainless mistakes. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Jonah Hill Makes Directing Look Easy," 30 Oct. 2018 Based on the novels by Steve Alten, The Meg may be the Platonic ideal of a big, brainless summer movie: fun to watch and very easy to forget. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Jason Statham and a colossal shark can’t save The Meg from a lifeless existence," 9 Aug. 2018 From Greg Brady’s surfing wipeout on The Brady Bunch to Joey falling for a hula dancer on Full House, depictions of Hawaii in popular culture have typically ranged from brainless to downright offensive. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "I Took My Daughter to Hawaii to Teach Her How to Be a Better Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 Not the brainless brutes of our imaginations, Neanderthals apparently used advanced hunting techniques to stalk and kill their prey, a new study suggests. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "How to hunt like a Neanderthal: Ancient humans got up close with their prey," 26 June 2018 Well, in the land of brainless politicians, even no-brainer pieces of legislation sometimes go nowhere. Heather Knight,, "Car break-in crackdown bill made perfect sense. California lawmakers killed it," 15 June 2018 In the last two decades, researchers have identified sleep-like behavior in fruit flies, tiny nematodes, and even a brainless jellyfish. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Brainless Creatures Can Do Some Incredibly Smart Things," 21 May 2018 Here are a few examples of brainless organisms that are actually pretty smart. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Brainless Creatures Can Do Some Incredibly Smart Things," 21 May 2018 What a heartless, wicked, brainless thing to do! . . Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Broadway’s Original Mansplainer," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brainless

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brainless

: very stupid or silly

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