brainy

adjective
\ˈbrā-nē \
brainier; brainiest

Definition of brainy 

: having or showing a well-developed intellect : intelligent

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braininess noun

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But when the orchestra erupts with pointillist riffs and rawness, even as Jack and Ennis share an emotional moment, the music makes them — unsophisticated, rural characters — seem oddly brainy. New York Times, "Review: ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ the Opera, Falls Short of Its Potential," 1 June 2018 Today, however, many of the brainy people who once might have been teachers instead become doctors, lawyers or professors. Robert Maranto, WSJ, "Pay Teachers More—but Make Sure They Earn It," 21 May 2018 Dot, who will rock a polka-dot frock but lacks her predecessor's mania for circles, is brainy and mathematical (and black here). Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Netflix’s clever ‘Harvey Street Kids’ revives classic comics with modern-day fun," 28 June 2018 The brainy Barbie, who comes in four skin tones, is available online for $13.99. Melissa Locker, Time, "Meanwhile Barbie Has a Career As a Robotics Engineer Who Wears Flats Now," 26 June 2018 With that smile, an amazing thing happened: Amy became lovable, too, subtly defying the idea that there’s something inherently unpleasant about an ambitious, brainy woman. Sauleha Kamal, The Atlantic, "The Character Who Made Me Love Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 12 June 2018 So many of us have wanted wanted to Siri get smarter, certainly compared to its brainier rivals, Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Apple shows how iOS 12 will change your next iPhone," 4 June 2018 But in this brainy city, home to perhaps the world’s leading biotechnology cluster and a lot of avid runners, the path to success for some is a 4½-mile jogging loop. Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe, STAT, "For Boston’s biotech crowd, there’s nothing like an early-morning run," 29 May 2018 Still, even the brainiest recruits have to master the basics. The Economist, "How the career of the British bobby is changing," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of brainy

1845, in the meaning defined above

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brainy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brainy

: very intelligent

brainy

adjective
\ˈbrā-nē \
brainier; brainiest

Kids Definition of brainy

: very smart

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