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brainiac (BRAY-nee-ak) noun

A very intelligent person.

adjective

Highly intelligent.

[After Brainiac, a highly intelligent villainous character in the Superman comic strip.]

"Who would you have bet on - the teenage coke-fiend or the brainiac Yalie?" John Patterson; Beautiful Minds; The Guardian (London, UK); Apr 25, 2003.

"Don't be surprised if the person sipping a latte next to you is a brainiac from one of La Jolla's renowned research centers - the Scripps Institution of Oceanography or the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, founded by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk." Katherine Kam; Good Looks, Money - and Brains, Too; San Francisco Examiner; Aug 20, 2000.

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