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briny1

[brahy-nee]
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adjective, brin·i·er, brin·i·est.
  1. of or like brine; salty: a briny taste.
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Origin of briny1

First recorded in 1600–10; brine + -y1
Related formsbrin·i·ness, noun

briny2

[brahy-nee]
noun
  1. ocean.
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Origin of briny2

First recorded in 1825–35; brine + -y2
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salineseaocean

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British Dictionary definitions for briny

briny

adjective brinier or briniest
  1. of or resembling brine; salty
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noun
  1. the briny an informal name for the sea
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Derived Formsbrininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for briny

adj.

c.1600, from brine + -y (2). Used earlier of tears than of the ocean (1610s). Related: Brininess.

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