Definition of brawny in English:



  • Physically strong; muscular:

    ‘a great brawny brute’
    ‘Gordon had brawny tattooed arms’
    • ‘I reminisce for a fleeting moment about breezy Saturday nights, black couches and a brawny shoulder’
    • ‘The two we select are brawny with fresh fruit and flavour.’
    • ‘The man facing them was taller than both by a few inches, and had strong, brawny arms.’
    • ‘Painted in red, the brawny, no-frills vehicle with a canvas top advertises its military credentials with elan.’
    • ‘Avery looked to see a brawny, muscular man walking their way.’
    • ‘In fact, it is a surefire way to ask for trouble, especially if you are not a brawny entity with plenty of legal and monetary clout to back you all the way.’
    • ‘By comparison, Frederick looked more like his father, strongly built and brawny.’
    • ‘The arm is brawny enough for a man, but the nails are very long, like a woman's.’
    • ‘He was around about 40 (though maybe younger and just ravaged by alcohol) and rather brawny and scary.’
    • ‘In the center of the hole was a brawny, black-gloved arm, its fingers curled tightly into a large fist.’
    • ‘I admire the brawny bravado of the pretence, but I'm not convinced.’
    • ‘He raised another eyebrow when he saw his uncle sling his brawny arms around the slender human's shoulders to pull her close to his side.’
    • ‘Two strong, brawny arms reached down and went under the vampire's back.’
    • ‘It's as big and brawny as you would expect, a classic barbecue wine made in an inky, take-no-prisoners style.’
    • ‘I love this guy, and his pack of brawny Italians, to bits and pieces.’
    • ‘Unless he watched his step, the brawny man could fall into the channel and drown, only to wash up in a distant place hours - days - later.’
    • ‘Sister Miriam was tucked under his brawny arm, her head resting on her father's chest.’
    • ‘Under the hood there's a brawny but ultimately very civilised 2.4-litre engine, outputting 170 hp.’
    • ‘It tastes beefy in every respect: fleshy, brawny and intense.’
    • ‘Going brawny seems to be the best and easiest way.’
    strong, as strong as an ox, muscular, well muscled, muscly, muscle-bound, well built, powerfully built, powerful, mighty, herculean, strapping, burly, robust, sturdy, husky, lusty, sinewy, well knit, rugged
    bulky, hefty, meaty, solid, solidly built
    beefy, hunky, hulking, ripped, shredded
    thewy, stark
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