[ brey-nee-ak ]
/ ˈbreɪ niˌæk /


a highly intelligent person.

Origin of brainiac

from Brainiac, a superintelligent, villainous alien in the Superman comics, probably brain + (man)iac Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brainiac


/ (ˈbreɪnɪˌæk) /


informal a highly intelligent person

Word Origin for brainiac

C20: from a super-intelligent character in an American comic strip
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Word Origin and History for brainiac



"very smart person," 1982, U.S. slang, from brain (n.) + ending from ENIAC, etc. Brainiac also was the name of a comic book villain in the Superman series and a do-it-yourself computer building kit, both from the late 1950s, and the word may bear traces of either or both of these.

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