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brawn (brɔːn Pronunciation for brawn



  1. strong well-developed muscles
  2. physical strength, esp as opposed to intelligence
  3. (British) a seasoned jellied loaf made from the head and sometimes the feet of a pig or calf

Word Origin

C14: from Old French braon slice of meat, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brāto, Old English brǣd flesh


View thesaurus entry
= muscle, might, power, strength, muscles, beef, flesh, vigour, robustness, muscularity, beefiness, brawniness

Example Sentences Including 'brawn'

"That's because most true nobleman are inbred morons with more brawn than brains.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
And a driver who actually has to pull you using his own brawn - and getting rained on while you remain dry - is even better.
Independent (1999)
At first sight it is a struggle between opposites, brain against brawn , reason against rudeness.
India Today (1998)
I think the same thing is going to occur when Darryl puts his brain and his brawn into this [managing].
Globe and Mail (2003)
It seems to silently mock and challenge; demanding the climber uses brains as well as brawn.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
It's an unfortunate thing that men like him lack the brains, but they don't lack for brawn.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
Long on brawn , short on brains, they're the kind who can't wear Versace without a Beretta.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
The tiny entry wound in front became an exit wound as big as a fist, spilling brains, bones and brawn everywhere.
Andy Dougan THE HUNTING OF MAN (2004)


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