briny

1
[ brahy-nee ]
/ ˈbraɪ ni /

adjective, brin·i·er, brin·i·est.

of or like brine; salty: a briny taste.

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  1. brinkmanship,
  2. brinksmanship,
  3. brinnin,
  4. brinny,
  5. brinton,
  6. brio,
  7. brioche,
  8. briolette,
  9. briony,
  10. briquet

Origin of briny

1
First recorded in 1600–10; brine + -y1

Related formsbrin·i·ness, noun

briny

2
[ brahy-nee ]
/ ˈbraɪ ni /

noun

Origin of briny

2
First recorded in 1825–35; brine + -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for briny

briny

/ (ˈbraɪnɪ) /

adjective brinier or briniest

of or resembling brine; salty

noun

the briny an informal name for the sea
Derived Formsbrininess, noun

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Word Origin and History for briny

briny

adj.

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

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