brawny

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms

muscular, rugged, sinewy, stalwart, stout, strong

Antonyms

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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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 In the following years, Turkish companies gorged on euro and dollar loans, granting Mr. Erdogan’s wish of brawny economic expansion that helped him and his ruling Justice and Development Party power through successive national and local elections. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "How Erdogan’s Push for Endless Growth Brought Turkey to the Brink," 17 Aug. 2018 The 1987 Buick Grand National was one of the brawniest cars of its day, the kind that any American muscle enthusiast would have given their right foot for the chance to drive into the dirt. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "1987 Buick Grand National parked since 1991 up for auction with 74 miles on it," 25 Sep. 2018 The big reason Jack Ryan is more brainy than brawny is that Clancy’s crises demand heroes who know things and can calmly think their way out of any potential trap. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Before Amazon’s Jack Ryan, Alec Baldwin played the definitive version of the character in Hunt for Red October," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of brawny

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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brawned

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braws

bray

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The first known use of brawny was in 1581

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More Definitions for brawny

brawny

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

Kids Definition of brawny

: having large strong muscles a brawny athlete

brawny

adjective
\ 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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