brawny

adjective
\ˈbrȯ-nē \
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 \ adverb
brawniness \ˈbrȯ-nē-nəs \ 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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Bernthal's on-screen image is more brooding and brawny than corporate boardroom. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Will this Netflix star play Lee Iacocca in new Ford vs. Ferrari film?," 13 June 2018 Ford plans to get rid of the traditional Fusion sedan in favor of a longer, taller and more brawny version. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "You’ll never guess what the new Ford Fusion looks like," 11 July 2018 Spider-Man’s fight scenes and aerial acrobatics had a spry kineticism that contrasted with the brawny physicality of Kirby’s compositions. Andy Webster, New York Times, "Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90," 7 July 2018 The brawny sphere exudes enormous beefy taste and, unlike a smash burger, it can be cooked to medium-rare, giving it a deeply satisfying flavor profile. Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 The sedan has a kind of muscular grace, which is most effective at the rear, where its high belt line, brawny haunches and swooping, vertical taillights mesh nicely. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 2018 The brawny sphere exudes enormous beefy taste and, unlike a smash burger, it can be cooked to medium-rare, giving it a deeply satisfying flavor profile. Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 Actress Sydelle Noel embodies a similar ethos by taking on brawny, brassy, alpha woman roles. Abby Haglage, refinery29.com, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 The brawny sphere exudes enormous beefy taste and, unlike a smash burger, it can be cooked to medium-rare, giving it a deeply satisfying flavor profile. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of brawny

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near brawny

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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 \
brawnier; brawniest

Kids Definition of brawny

: having large strong muscles a brawny athlete

brawny

adjective
\ˈbrȯ-nē \
brawnier; brawniest

Medical Definition of brawny 

: being swollen and hard a brawny infected foot

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