\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


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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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 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,, "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,, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 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 \
brawnier; brawniest

Kids Definition of brawny

: having large strong muscles a brawny athlete


\ˈbrȯ-nē \
brawnier; brawniest

Medical Definition of brawny 

: being swollen and hard a brawny infected foot

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