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[ braw-nee ]


, brawn·i·er, brawn·i·est.
  1. muscular; strong.

    Synonyms: strapping, robust, burly

    Antonyms: frail, slight, weak


/ ˈbrɔːnɪ /


  1. muscular and strong
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbrawnily, adverb
  • ˈbrawniness, noun
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Other Words From

  • brawni·ly adverb
  • brawni·ness noun
  • un·brawny adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of brawny1

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; brawn, -y 1
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Example Sentences

For those who want a lunch bag with a more masculine personality, the HSD Thermal Lunch Box Tote is the brawniest way to carry your PB&J into the workplace.

After the revamp, the series became driven by its characters, especially the characters who looked like brawny Marvel superheroes and could drive as well as they threw a punch.

Using a brawny seven-foot robotic arm, Perseverance can extend and swivel the nearly 100-pound instrumentation hub to park its discerning eyes just inches away from rocks of interest.

Richness is the key here, as these are particularly brawny wines.

From Eater

One case involved Jaden Ruiz, a brawny, brown-haired boy who lives with his parents, Ivan and Maria, in Avondale.

The brawny, righteous warrior Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

Persevering on hearsay, spun and shifted from every possible angle, the narrator next describes Golovan—a brawny man, with a limp.

Plus Neeson, with his towering height, brawny physique, and gravelly voice, sure as hell looks the part.

These were the orthopedic surgeons to be, and they tended toward the brawny side, except for one glamorous blond in their midst.

Turns out, the trope of the brawny grandma was no false advertising.

Week in, week out, Jim Billings led that hard life, and he grew up brawny and sound in spite of all his troubles.

He saw the bulky body of a man approaching middle age, yet full of rough, brawny substance and weather-tried endurance.

A hundred brawny arms, accustomed to wield the broad axe, had lent their aid to rear the mighty pile and feed the ravening flame.

Moose-skin moccasins cased their feet, and their brawny, sunburned necks were bare.

The seaman gently took it and gave it a timid pressure, as if he feared to crush it in his brawny hand.


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