adjective, brain·i·er, brain·i·est. Informal.
intelligent; clever; intellectual.
Origin of brainy
Related formsbrain·i·ly, adverbbrain·i·ness, noun
First recorded in 1835–45; brain
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Examples from the Web for brainier
Historical Examples of brainier
Mr. Mix knew that he was brainier than John Starkweather; he admitted it.
Mr. Miller: "I believed them sincere particularly the brainier men."
Rosalind not like Beatrice, Eleanor like Beatrice, only wilder and brainier.
British Dictionary definitions for brainier
adjective brainier or brainiest
Derived Formsbrainily, adverbbraininess, noun
informal clever; intelligent
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Word Origin and History for brainier
1845, from brain (n.) + -y (2). Latin equivalent cerebrosus meant "passionate, hot-headed," leading Tucker to remark that " 'Brainy' is not a natural expression for 'frantic.' "
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