- strong, well-developed muscles.
- muscular strength.
- Chiefly British.
- a boar's or swine's flesh, especially when boiled and pickled.
Origin of brawn
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Examples from the Web for brawn
As governor of California, Schwarzenegger himself demonstrated the limits of American brawn.Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback?
March 30, 2014
This is the place where automakers show off brawn, power, and sex appeal.Detroit’s Green Leap Forward Pulls In to New York Auto Show
March 29, 2013
And now, fair sir, I must hasten back to see how my rogues have fared with the brawn.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Most of them are slaves specially chosen for their brawn, and I cannot spare any.The Sea-Hawk
Combine your brawn with my brains, now, and do as I say—if you will I promise you freedom.Vulcan's Workshop
With all his brain and brawn, his real greatness was in his heart.The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln
In this he pleased Mr. Cinch, who was by no means all a man of beef and brawn.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York
Lemuel Ely Quigg
- strong well-developed muscles
- physical strength, esp as opposed to intelligence
- British a seasoned jellied loaf made from the head and sometimes the feet of a pig or calf
Word Origin and History for brawn
late 13c., from Old French braon "fleshy or muscular part, buttock," from Frankish *brado "ham, roast" or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *bred-on- (cf. Old High German brato "tender meat," German Braten "roast," Old Norse brað "raw meat," Old English bræd "flesh"), from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat," from root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)). The original sense is "piece of meat suitable for roasting." "The specific sense 'boar's flesh' is exclusively of English development, and characteristic of English habits" [OED].