brawnier; brawniest
: being swollen and hard
a brawny infected foot
brawnily adverb
brawniness noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Brawny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition


brawnier; brawniest
: being swollen and hard
a brawny infected foot

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