See also: brain-pan


Alternative formsEdit


From Middle English brayn panne, from Old English bræġnpanne, corresponding to brain +‎ pan.



brainpan (plural brainpans)

  1. (now chiefly Canada, US, colloquial) The skull. [from 16th c.]
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2, First Folio 1623, IV.9:
      Many a time but for a Sallet, my braine-pan had bene cleft with a brown Bill.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.6:
      Yet, whether thwart or flatly it did lyte, / The tempred steele did not into his braynepan byte.
  2. (now chiefly Canada, US, colloquial) The brain or mind. [from 17th c.]
    • 1822, Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel:
      ‘And a hard word it is,’ said Richie, ‘as my brainpan kens to this blessed moment.’