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[braw-nee] /ˈbrɔ ni/
adjective, brawnier, brawniest.
muscular; strong.
Origin of brawny
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see brawn, -y1
Related forms
brawnily, adverb
brawniness, noun
unbrawny, adjective
burly, robust, strapping.
weak, slight, frail. Unabridged
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  • But no matter how brawny individual computers become, they will never be as powerful individually as collectively.
  • It was as if a stranger's head had been attached to the brawny body, as in certain counterfeit photographs.
British Dictionary definitions for brawny


adjective brawnier, brawniest
muscular and strong
Derived Forms
brawnily, adverb
brawniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for brawny

1590s, "characterized by muscle," from brawn + -y (2).

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brawny in Medicine

brawny brawn·y (brô'nē)
adj. brawn·i·er, brawn·i·est

  1. Strong and muscular.

  2. Hardened; calloused.

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