Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being brawny; strength; hardiness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being brawny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being brawny or having brawn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun possessing muscular strength

Etymologies

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brawny +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Without guns to defend themselves, a lot of the exchanges end up like bar room brawniness and high school smackdowns.

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  • He was rather below the middle stature, but the breadth of his shoulders, length and brawniness of his arms, and the muscular appearance of the whole man, argued a most unusual share of strength, and a frame kept in vigour by constant exercise.

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  • S. said that there was even a noticeable difference in brawniness, with the Asian-American women's ideal man a good bit larger than the former's.

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  • S. said that there was even a noticeable difference in brawniness, with the Asian-American women's ideal man a good bit larger than the former's.

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  • This brawniness and insensibility of mind, is the best armour we can have against the common evils and accidents of life; and being a temper that is to be got by exercise and custom, more than any other way, the practice of it should be begun betimes; and happy is he that is taught it early.

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  • The coarse and selfish assumption on the part of man of superiority over woman, based on his brawniness and tyranny, has sometimes appeared in the form of an assertion that

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  • He was rather below the middle stature, but the breadth of his shoulders, length and brawniness of his arms, and the muscular appearance of the whole man, argued a most unusual share of strength, and a frame kept in vigour by constant exercise.

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  • The character was originally intended to be a man, but making Salt a woman in no way depletes the story's brawniness.

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  • Mr. Pappano found similar opportunities elsewhere in the score, but in the end, the heft and brawniness of this last Brahms symphony emerged intact, though seen from an unusual perspective.

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  • Mr. Pappano found similar opportunities elsewhere in the score, but in the end, the heft and brawniness of this last Brahms symphony emerged intact, though seen from an unusual perspective.

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