- 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 brawns
Brawns to my legs there were none, as my trowsers of other years too visibly effected to show.The Life of Mansie Wauch
David Macbeth Moir
- 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 brawns
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].