brinier; briniest
: of, relating to, or resembling brine or the sea : salty
brininess noun

Examples of briny in a Sentence

oysters with a briny flavor
Recent Examples on the Web Broadly speaking, Benson says, East Coast oysters are brinier and saltier, with a meat that is delicate. USA TODAY, 4 June 2023 Thousands of comments poured in, heralding it as a beloved childhood snack, the centerpiece of precious memories that brought people back to happy, care-free, and brinier times. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 13 June 2023 Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff As a briny breeze wafted through the air, a crowd of a few dozen gathered to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the installation. Globe Staff,, 8 June 2023 The menu is simple and lobster-forward — boiled, stewed, or in a roll — but try a briny bowl of steamers to start., 28 Apr. 2023 For example, the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico is filled with briny salt ponds caused by the dissolution of ancient layers of salt, according to NOAA. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2023 Kulsdom describes the burger as having a briny character with roasted notes. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 June 2022 Its briny pulp – dredged from Frank Schätzing’s 2004 novel, a Central European bestseller originally earmarked for big-screen adaptation by the late Dino De Laurentiis – preys heavily on viewer fears of ecological collapse, and what might be lurking for us all beneath the planet’s watery depths. Mike McCahill, Variety, 20 Feb. 2023 Though Stockholm’s harbor is cold, the gusts off the Baltic are briny and sweet, lacking the salt and corrosive violence of Atlantic winds. Nina Sovich, WSJ, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of briny was in 1581

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“Briny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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brinier; briniest
: of, relating to, or resembling salt water : salty
brininess noun

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