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adjective, brawn·i·er, brawn·i·est.
  1. muscular; strong.
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Origin of brawny

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at brawn, -y1
Related formsbrawn·i·ly, adverbbrawn·i·ness, nounun·brawn·y, adjective

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Related Words for brawny

bulky, sinewy, strapping, sturdy, beefy, burly, able-bodied, athletic, fleshy, hardy, hefty, husky, powerful, robust, stalwart, tough, vigorous, vital, thewy

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British Dictionary definitions for brawny


adjective brawnier or brawniest
  1. muscular and strong
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Derived Formsbrawnily, adverbbrawniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for brawny


1590s, "characterized by muscle," from brawn + -y (2).

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brawny in Medicine


  1. Strong and muscular.
  2. Hardened; calloused.
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