brain NOUN 1) an organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull, functioning as the coordinating centre of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity. 2) intellectual capacity. 3) (the brains) informal the main organizer or planner within a group.
VERB informal hit hard on the head with an object.
have on the brain — Cf. ↑have on the brain
DERIVATIVES brained adjective.
ORIGIN Old English.

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