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

Examples of brainy in a Sentence

a brainy student who didn't fit in socially
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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brainy was in 1845

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“Brainy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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brainier; brainiest
braininess noun

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