brainier; brainiest
: having or showing a well-developed intellect : intelligent
braininess noun

Examples of brainy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Viola/Cesario, the petite Naian González Norvind has great facility with the Elizabethan language and a bright, brainy stage presence. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2023 It’s all built around Devi Vishwakumar, a buoyant, brainy teenager coming of age in the San Fernando Valley and torn between different kinds of boys. Matthew Gilbert,, 6 June 2023 It’s set during the senior year of Ben (Connor Kalopsis), the kind of eager, obsessive-compulsive overachiever who prints out several backup copies of his homework assignments, and Tanner (Ramona Young), a hacker, high on energy drinks, who’s his equally brainy but less responsible best friend. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 For all his intellectual horsepower, Thiel is a painfully recognizable type to anyone familiar with Tucker Carlson, Stephen Miller or Andrew Breitbart — all brainy conservatives who came of age in California, revolted by, and revolting against, its prevailing progressive mores. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 The academic freedom is mirrored by a student body that feels free to express itself, say students and faculty, who describe New College as a haven for brainy kids who are high-achieving and intellectually curious. Jocelyn Gecker, Orlando Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2023 As Detective Munch, Mr. Belzer was brainy but hard-boiled, cynical but sensitive. Alex Traub, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2023 The book, which inspired a Twitter account dedicated to such sightings, was a signal that its owner was brainy and informed and had the wherewithal to take on a 1,344-page behemoth. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, 20 Aug. 2022 Wildlife officials have warned for years about the tegu’s expansion in South Florida’s amenable subtropical climate, but now the unusually brainy reptile is colonizing as far north as St. Lucie County with an appetite for everything from gopher tortoise babies to bananas. Kimberly Miller,, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brainy was in 1845

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“Brainy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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brainier; brainiest
braininess noun

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