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[brahy-nee] /ˈbraɪ ni/
adjective, brinier, briniest.
of or like brine; salty:
a briny taste.
Origin of briny1
1600-10; brine + -y1
Related forms
brininess, noun


[brahy-nee] /ˈbraɪ ni/
1825-35; brine + -y2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for briny
  • Removing the salt from briny water is becoming more affordable.
  • And new storage options may be opening up, ranging from offshore sediments to basalt, briny aquifers to porous sandstone.
  • The briny sweetness you taste in the water when you swim in the bay is in the oysters too.
  • But they were cool and briny sweet-delicious, even to adolescents.
  • Traditionally, one wanted extremely briny sources and extremely fresh sources, not one that is already pre-mixed.
  • The depth of the pool of briny water is easily seen where the channel meets the surrounding reef.
  • Life within the briny habitat of sea ice is intricately linked to physical processes.
  • Ripples visible across the surface of this pool of briny water within the ocean.
  • Radio signals are further weakened by dissolved salts and therefore are less effective in briny or salt water.
British Dictionary definitions for briny


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

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

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