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[braw, brah] /brɔ, brɑ/
adjective, Scot. and North England
fine or fine-looking; excellent.
finely dressed; dressed in a splendid or gaudy fashion.
Origin of braw
1555-65; variant of brave
Related forms
brawly, brawlie, brawlis, brawlys
[braw-lis, brah-] /ˈbrɔ lɪs, ˈbrɑ-/ (Show IPA),
adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for braw
Historical Examples
  • They rade on braw wee white naigs, wi' unco lang swooping tails, an' manes hung wi' whustles that the win' played on.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • They're a braw set of men, and there's many a gude Scotchman among them.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • His lairdship wrote a braw note of acknowledgements to my maister, and gie it me to take away.

    The Lost Lady of Lone E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Ye're as braw as Bink's wife,—like the sun on shairney water.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Well, it was no such a braw thing to me that night, as it had seemed on the previous day.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • After all, this braw wooer was bearing himself with manly dignity.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • "He's a braw lad," he rumbled, as he busied himself about the stove.

    Connie Morgan in Alaska James B. Hendryx
  • The children had left off their mourning, and Gabrielle was braw with sashes and trinkets.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
  • He's sending in a cart by a groom, and I'm to tak' Bobby out and fetch him hame after a braw dinner on gowd plate.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • It's a braw thing that ye are no' to meet wi' her the nicht.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for braw


/brɔː; brɑː/
fine or excellent, esp in appearance or dress
plural noun
best clothes
Derived Forms
brawly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: Scottish variant of brave
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Word Origin and History for braw

Scottish formation and pronunciation of brave.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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