[braw, brah]

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 formsbraw·ly, braw·lie, braw·lis, braw·lys [braw-lis, brah-] /ˈbrɔ lɪs, ˈbrɑ-/, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for braw

Historical Examples of braw

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for braw



fine or excellent, esp in appearance or dress

pl n

best clothes
Derived Formsbrawly, adverb

Word Origin for braw

C16: Scottish variant of brave
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Word Origin and History for braw

Scottish formation and pronunciation of brave.

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