- muscular; strong.
Origin of brawny
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burly, robust, strapping.
weak, slight, frail.
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Examples from the Web for brawny
The brawny, righteous warrior Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).Will Season 4 Make ‘Game of Thrones’ the Best Fantasy Show Ever?
April 2, 2014
Persevering on hearsay, spun and shifted from every possible angle, the narrator next describes Golovan—a brawny man, with a limp.The Forgotten Russian: The Genius of Nikolai Leskov
April 10, 2013
Plus Neeson, with his towering height, brawny physique, and gravelly voice, sure as hell looks the part.The Wrath of Liam Neeson: The ‘Taken 2’ Star’s Action-Hero Transformation
October 5, 2012
These were the orthopedic surgeons to be, and they tended toward the brawny side, except for one glamorous blond in their midst.On Match Day, the Nation’s Medical Students Discover Their Residencies
March 17, 2012
Turns out, the trope of the brawny grandma was no false advertising.Behind the Gert Boyle Kidnap Attempt
November 27, 2010
He is as big and brawny as Ascapart at the bar-gate at Southampton.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
This Miko was, from our Earth standards, a tremendous, brawny giant.
Without a word the stalwart Slav took him on his brawny shoulder.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Her two arms—and they were plump, not to say brawny—went about him.Fort Amity
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Pikes and lances were driven with the full power of brawny arms.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
- muscular and strong
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Word Origin and History for brawny
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Strong and muscular.
- Hardened; calloused.
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