adjective, brawn·i·er, brawn·i·est.

muscular; strong.

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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adjective brawnier or brawniest

muscular and strong
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




Strong and muscular.
Hardened; calloused.
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