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brawny (adj.)

1590s, "bulky and strong, characterized by muscle," from brawn + -y (2). Related: Brawniness.

updated on July 28, 2017

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Definitions of brawny from WordNet

brawny (adj.)
(of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful;
Synonyms: hefty / muscular / powerful / sinewy
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