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”).