\ ˈbrȯn How to pronounce brawn (audio) \

Definition of brawn

1a British : the flesh of a boar
2a : full strong muscles
b : muscular strength

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Synonyms for brawn


beef, main, muscle, thew

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Examples of brawn in a Sentence

an actor who is more famous for his brawn than for his talent

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Natalie Morales plays Manning’s disapproving daughter, Nicole, who exists mainly to sigh at her dad’s addiction to his job and his brawn-over-brains approach to it. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Stuber Is an Old-School Buddy Comedy Made for 2019," 12 July 2019 Within the brawn were delicate touches: Air Force crew members had set out cucumber infused water and served blueberry crepes for breakfast. Jonathan Tamari,, "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis strives to be a reassuring voice to allies in a chaotic time," 10 June 2018 Brazil's brawn Neymar is still the undisputed star of the Brazil team, but the pieces around him seem to be stronger now. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "11 compelling reasons to watch the World Cup," 6 June 2018 Over the last nine months, her brawn has proved to be a crucial asset. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 Ding is the brawn to Wang's brain, organizing and socializing on the artist's behalf. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Pluto Moment' ('Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 23 May 2018 For men, the to-do list included getting a job, becoming a protector and provider, being prepared for eventualities that required brawn, such as skinning a moose or felling a tree. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "The triumph of gender-neutral ‘adulting’," 7 July 2018 America’s new best computer is significant for more than just the geopolitics of computational brawn. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "The US Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer," 8 June 2018 Neato Botvac Connected The Neato Botvac Connected has both brains and brawn. Staff, USA TODAY, "The best robot vacuums of 2018," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brawn

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for brawn

Middle English, from Anglo-French braon flesh, muscle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brǣd flesh

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English Language Learners Definition of brawn

: muscular strength


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Kids Definition of brawn

: muscular strength

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