brain·​pan ˈbrān-ˌpan How to pronounce brainpan (audio)

Examples of brainpan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Jewish children’s charity has burrowed into the national brainpan for more than 10 years and attracted government scrutiny for its charitable disbursements. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Los Angeles is probably the best place to have a brainpan crammed with trivial knowledge. Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Not a bright move, poor empty brainpan, to leave it flirting behind my fillings. Maryann Corbett, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 All of life up there in the brainpan, all of it somehow husbanded there. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2020 Instead, these books feature a new kind of mutant—wonky business writers endowed with bulging brainpans and killer neologisms. Jennifer Alsever, WIRED, 29 Mar. 2011 Despite 420’s recent codification as a street moniker for marijuana and the ominous specter of four and twenty blackbirds flocking from pies, April 20 had slipped as an infamous date in the public brainpan. Mark Jacobson, Daily Intelligencer, 30 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brainpan was before the 12th century

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“Brainpan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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brain·​pan ˈbrān-ˌpan How to pronounce brainpan (audio)
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