adjective, brawnier, brawniest.
muscular; strong.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see brawn, -y1

brawnily, adverb
brawniness, noun
unbrawny, adjective

burly, robust, strapping.

weak, slight, frail. Unabridged
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brawny (ˈbrɔːnɪ)
adj , brawnier, brawniest
muscular and strong

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Word Origin & History

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

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

  1. Strong and muscular.

  2. Hardened; calloused.

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Example sentences
The best roadside burgers are big and brawny and take-no-prisoners.
Once brawny muscles have been acquired, whether licitly or illicitly, other genes might then be used to tune their activity.
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.
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