Having big strong muscle tissue muscular fleshy powerful
- (of one) possessing real power and fat; rugged and effective
- Having large, strong muscle tissue; muscular; fleshy; powerful.
1590s, "characterized by muscle tissue," from brawn + -y (2).
(a.) Having huge, powerful muscles; muscular; fleshy; strong.
Dropping his harpoon, the brawny savage caught him in his arms, and by an almost miraculous dexterity and strength, sent him high up bodily into the air; then slightly tapping his stern in mid-somerset, the fellow landed with bursting lungs upon his feet, while Queequeg, turning his back upon him, lighted his tomahawk pipe and passed it to me for a puff.