Definition of brainbox in English:



  • A very clever person.

    • ‘All past pupils, local brainboxes and their families are urged to come along to support this worthy cause, which promise to be a great night's entertainment.’
    • ‘Amanda Janes, described by one commentator as a Cambridge brainbox, and all the other public schoolboys and girls seem to be miles behind foreign counterparts in terms of talent, if not application.’
    • ‘And he discovered that whizzkids in IT may be brainboxes when it comes to mastering the microchip, but too many are locked in a world of jargon seemingly too lofty for ordinary mortals to understand.’
    • ‘You don't need to be a brainbox to realise we're all different.’
    • ‘For the bride, a life in which she is supposed ‘to count the garments and handle money…’ and ‘does not have to be a brainbox’.’
    • ‘Some seven centuries had passed since some brainbox had worked out a way to travel faster than light.’
    • ‘Calling all armchair brainboxes - think you're a real fact-master?’
    • ‘On Sunday, March 3, and Sunday, March 31, a team of City brainboxes will be returning to compete in the quiz and are looking for fellow supporters to cheer them on.’
    • ‘Laura Hibbert, from Catterick Garrison, saw off the other 23 young brainboxes in the national contest's final, broadcast on ITV last night.’
    • ‘Seventeen-year-old brainbox Thomas, who attends St Bede's College in Whalley Range, has notched up an incredible FIVE A grades in maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and general studies.’
    • ‘The author, historian, philosopher, management consultant, Oxford don and all-round brainbox doesn't do interviews.’
    • ‘Talking of brainboxes: the BBC has set up an ‘office of the future’ at its Queen Margaret Drive headquarters in Glasgow.’
    • ‘Two brainboxes are celebrating after scoring top marks in a national maths challenge.’
    • ‘I'm not a brainbox, but I'm pretty sure mine is higher than that.’
    • ‘She's cute, she's rude and she's a brainbox and a manic obsessive, that makes her an interesting and real babe.’
    • ‘It takes quite a brainbox to possess expertise in philosophy, mathematics and drama, but John Mighton is such a man.’
    • ‘The Manchester Evening News asked the brainboxes what they do when they get together.’
    • ‘Long characterised as a didactic brainbox, Shaw, at his best, was a displaced poet.’
    • ‘We've got the brainboxes but we are less establishment, too, and that's a source of pride.’
    • ‘But the brainbox who attended the London Business School and Harvard was not an engineer and he was badly briefed.’
    clever person, intellectual, intellect, bluestocking, thinker, highbrow, mind, scholar, sage
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