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[braw, brah] /brɔ, brɑ/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
fine or fine-looking; excellent.
finely dressed; dressed in a splendid or gaudy fashion.
Origin of braw
First recorded in 1555-65; variant of brave
Related forms
brawly, brawlie, brawlis, brawlys
[braw-lis, brah-] /ˈbrɔ lɪs, ˈbrɑ-/ (Show IPA),
adverb Unabridged
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  • Yes, yes; but you'll come now, like a brave fellow—'a braw chiel,' you know.

  • To strike a lode and win a braw lass a' in the day, ye may say.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • There's one here in a braw red cover with pictures of ships in it.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • They're a braw set of men, and there's many a gude Scotchman among them.

    Ben Comee

    M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • Nae, lassie; I'm going to tak' him to a meeting in a braw kirk.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Ye're as braw as Bink's wife,—like the sun on shairney water.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • After all, this braw wooer was bearing himself with manly dignity.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • "He's a braw lad," he rumbled, as he busied himself about the stove.

    Connie Morgan in Alaska James B. Hendryx
  • The children had left off their mourning, and Gabrielle was braw with sashes and trinkets.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
  • Alan will be braw and glad when he comes and finds thee here.

    True Stories of Girl Heroines Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for braw


/brɔː; brɑː/
fine or excellent, esp in appearance or dress
plural noun
best clothes
Derived Forms
brawly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: Scottish variant of brave
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Word Origin and History for braw

Scottish formation and pronunciation of brave.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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