\ 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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Two elements encase the structure: bundled trunk-like columns that form a brawny cage holding the floors above, and the perforated metal panels that screen the elements within. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019 Ford will add a buff and brawny off-road version of its biggest 2020 F-250 and 350 Super Duty pickup later this year. Detroit Free Press, "New package turns Ford F-250 and 350 pickups into off-road beasts," 27 June 2019 Like many of the show’s intriguing sculptures, Thron’s edifice seems both brawny and precarious. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: A revelatory exhibition by D.C. artist Jonathan Monaghan," 26 July 2019 In 1970, Marvel Comics launched a series based on the brawny hero. John J. Miller, National Review, "The Fantastic Robert E. Howard," 11 July 2019 The stubby Peacekeeper missile looked nothing like a tall, brawny rocket—such as the Space Launch System or the Delta IV Heavy—capable of launching Orion into space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Orion spacecraft flew Tuesday morning, and it looked pretty spectacular," 2 July 2019 Like others, Billilo noted that Ortiz has much darker skin than Fernandez, a different texture of hair, and is nowhere as brawny as the former slugger. David Abel,, "Dominicans skeptical of authorities’ statement that David Ortiz was not target of attack," 19 June 2019 Most of the action between these big, brawny teams has been exciting, a fusion of old-time hockey and modern agility. Helene Elliott,, "Stanley Cup Final: Blues’ Ivan Barbashev suspended for Game 6," 7 June 2019 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

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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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