wanting brains, brainless ...1727 obs.
from ex- (prefix) + Latin cerebrum (brain) + -ose
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1727 - EXCEREBROSE (excerebrosus, L.) brainsick, wanting brains
From: The Universal Etymological English Dictionary
- Nathan Bailey
"...That Beethoven was the parasitic pensioner and fulsome eulogist of the Philharmonic Society immeasurably outweighs, in my opinion, any slim or niggling services he may have rendered the evolution of art. It brands him at once as an excerebrose scallywag, an eviscerated elasmobranch, worthy of being hurled neck and crop along with Mendelssohn into the limbo of discredited desuetude..."
From: The Musical Times and Singing-Class Circular
Is Beethoven Played Out
By George Verdant Bouncingham
Vol. 37, December 1, 1896