from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Engaged in brawling.
  • adjective Tending to brawl.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bravely; finely; heartily; very well; in good health or condition.


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  • Russians - White, but also brawly and super ethnic in ways that often put off other, de-ethnicized white people, so there may be some give here

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  • It was on St. Andrew's Day that we welcomed them to Edinburgh, as their train steamed into Princes Street Station and the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band played brawly on the platform in the murk of a late November afternoon.

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  • Naebody wi 'ony logic wud need twa looks to see brawly that onything's bigger than a bit o't, or, as the book says, that the whole's greater than its pairt.

    My Man Sandy

  • There was ae thought that nerved roe, and brawly it served me.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • But them there’s Heavieside-brae, that’s just a murder for post-cattle—but Jock kens the road brawly.

    Chapter XI

  • "I played the gomeral brawly, but in the darkness we blundered ram-stam through the Sassenach lines."

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • "Man, Kenneth, but you hae played the cuddie brawly," was Donald's comforting remark to me after we had left.

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • ` ` Very true, billies, and my blood was e'en boiling at it; but the sight o 'Grace Armstrong has settled it brawly.' '

    The Black Dwarf

  • "I see him brawly," he would say, "standing afore me, an 'if he disna instantly mak retribution, I am determined this very day to mak a public example of him."

    Auld Licht Idyls

  • Eh, but ye're brawly dressed, my young man, 'with a disproving look;' I'm hopin 'they duds are paid for.'

    Madame Midas


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