from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Strong and muscular. See Synonyms at muscular.
  • adj. Hardened; calloused.

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  • adj. Characterized by brawn; muscular; strong.
  • adj. Calloused; hardened.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having large, strong muscles; muscular; fleshy; strong.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fleshy; muscular; having large strong muscles; bulky; strong.
  • Figuratively, firm; hardened; having great power of resistance.

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  • adj. (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful


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brawn +‎ -y


  • The Granite has what I would call a brawny look to it with muscular shoulders, a wide mouth of a grill, and an interior that conveys a solidness in tri-tone color.

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  • Today's idealized man, dare I say, appears less "brawny" and more beautiful, like the typical glowing female we are accustomed to seeing in magazines.

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  • Chrysler is also planning to insert its truck advertisements in or around "brawny" shows like "Ice Road Truckers."

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  • Also, I lack the upper body strength required to really be considered "brawny".

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  • {42} It is not the least of Lord Macaulay's offences against art that he should have contributed the temporary weight of his influence as a critic to the support of so ignorant and absurd a tradition of criticism as that which classes the great writer here mentioned with the brutal if "brawny"

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  • As Mr. Swinburne has said, the art of Congreve is different in kind, not merely in degree, from the cruder and more boisterous product of the 'brawny' dramatist.

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  • For his turn as the skilled archer, Crowe is described as "brawny" with a "masculine swagger" and bearing much similarity to his title role in

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  • It's commonly associated with male street prostitutes or the kind of brawny erotic dancers who entertain women at bachelorette parties.

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  • With this in mind, Urs Hölzle is proposing that for Google work loads the "brawny" Xeons are better then the "wimpy" Atoms. aggregator

  • Toyota; 2009's version shares many of the Tundra's styling cues, and ForbesAutos calls those details "brawny" and "imposing."

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  • The English language befriends the grand American expression—it is brawny enough, and limber and full enough. Whitman, Preface 1855

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