\ ˈbrȯ-nē How to pronounce brawny (audio) \
brawnier; brawniest

Definition of brawny

1 : muscular also : strong, powerful
2 : being swollen and hard a brawny infected foot

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Other Words from brawny

brawnily \ ˈbrȯ-​nə-​lē How to pronounce brawnily (audio) \ adverb
brawniness \ ˈbrȯ-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce brawniness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for brawny


muscular, rugged, sinewy, stalwart, stout, strong


delicate, feeble, frail, weak, weakling, wimpy

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Examples of brawny in a Sentence

the store manager always asked the brawniest person there to do the heavy lifting brawny arms that weren't developed in the gym but by years of work in the construction business

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The ball went to the brawny Tucker, who’s 6-5 and 253 pounds. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Legion fall shy of Major League Rugby championship," 17 June 2019 And the group’s ability to chart subtly a vast dynamic expanse was all the more gratifying because of the generally brawny nature of its sound. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Czech Philharmonic’s Global Ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 In an effort to capture its scale, four researchers hold the brawny beast up for the camera: Snakes thrive in the humid swamplands south of Miami, with 100,000 pythons alone crawling throughout the the 729,000-acre park, according to CNN. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 2019 Ellen Ripley of Alien also contains conventionally masculine power, a morally sound badass with brawny muscles. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019 There are conflicting accounts as to what was said and done next, but there was little doubt that the brawny Murdoch had gratified the guard’s wish and left him with a black eye. Huw Richards, New York Times, "Keith Murdoch, Rugby Bruiser Who Vanished in the Outback, Is Dead at 74," 10 Apr. 2018 The craft's brawny presence on the tarmac has become such a nuisance that now the government is getting involved. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Wants to Claim This Abandoned Airplane at Madrid's Main Airport," 28 Jan. 2019 That creates a box that’s 1½ inches thick, lending a brawny, sturdy look to the shelf. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Either way, the XPS 15 is much less expensive than similarly brawny notebooks. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of brawny

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brawny was in 1581

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\ ˈbrȯ-nē How to pronounce brawny (audio) \
brawnier; brawniest

Kids Definition of brawny

: having large strong muscles a brawny athlete


\ ˈbrȯ-nē How to pronounce brawny (audio) \
brawnier; brawniest

Medical Definition of brawny

: being swollen and hard a brawny infected foot

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to take the place or position of

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