brawny


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brawn·y

(braw'nē), Do not confuse this word with branny.
Thickened (lichenified) and dusky (a darkened hue), as of a swelling.
[M.E. fleshy]

brawny

adjective Having large, strong muscles; muscular; fleshy; strong, bulky, athletic, stalwart, powerful, robust.

brawn·y

(brawn'ē)
Thickened (lichenified) and dusky (a darkened hue), as of a swelling.
[M.E. fleshy]
References in classic literature ?
He said the gods could not drown him even though they had tried to do so, and when Neptune heard this large talk, he seized his trident in his two brawny hands, and split the rock of Gyrae in two pieces.
There was a man with a huge belly and a jovial face, noisily kissing a woman of the town, thickset and brawny.
Here, with his broad back against the rugged trunk of the willow tree, and half hidden by the soft ferns around him, sat a stout, brawny fellow, but no other man was there.
My friend had listened with amused surprise to this long speech, which was poured forth with extraordinary vigour and earnestness, every point being driven home by the slapping of a brawny hand upon the speaker's knee.
The children of the town steal round to watch them, wondering; and brawny country wenches, laughing, draw near to bandy ale- house jest and jibe with the swaggering troopers, so unlike the village swains, who, now despised, stand apart behind, with vacant grins upon their broad, peering faces.
But if he did not see he was not long in ignorance of the fact that he was not alone, for scarcely had his feet touched the roof when a heavy body leaped upon him from behind and brawny arms encircled him about the waist.
Once at the foot of the ridge, they came cautiously to their feet, and, bent half-double, advanced silently upon the unconscious white man, their heavy war-clubs swinging menacingly in their brawny hands.
To each of the twelve lashings clung a brawny warrior with drawn short-sword.
A brawny arm flew back--for the briefest fraction of an instant a huge spear poised above the giant's shoulder--and then the mighty arm shot out, and swift death tore through the intervening leaves to bury itself in the heart of the leaping lion.
Then came visions of Adamu Adam and Noa Noah and all her brawny Tahitian following, and his anxiety faded away, being replaced by irritation that she should have been capable of such wildness of conduct.
Here a squat and brawny god held sway, with much noise, hurling trunks and boxes about, dragging them in through the door and tossing them into the piles, or flinging them out of the door, smashing and crashing, to other gods who awaited them.
She emphasized those words by shaking her brawny fist at her son--who instantly returned to his place of refuge behind the tail of my coat.