An example of brawn is the ability to lift 300 pounds.
- strong, well-developed muscles
- muscular strength
- Brit. cooked boar's flesh
Origin of brawnMiddle English braun from Old French braon, fleshy or muscular part, buttock from Frankish brado, meat, calf (of leg), akin to Old High German brato, Old English bræde
- Solid and well-developed muscles, especially of the arms and legs.
- Muscular strength and power.
- Chiefly British The meat of a boar.
Origin of brawnMiddle English muscle from Old French braon meat of Germanic origin ; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present brawns, present participle brawning, simple past and past participle brawned)
Middle English brawne, from Old French braon (“slice of meat, fleshy part, buttock”), from Frankish *brādon, accusative form of *brādo (“roasted meat, ham”), from Proto-Germanic *brēdô (“meat, roast”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhre- (“to burn, heat”), from Proto-Indo-European *bureue- (“to boil, bubble, burn”). Akin to Old High German brāto (“tender meat”) (German Braten (“roast”)), Old English brǣd (“flesh, meat”), Old Norse bráð (“raw meat”).