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RFV discussion: August–October 2012[edit]

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"Someone who brawns". It is not clear to me what this sense would reasonably mean. Equinox 01:55, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Someone who fattens (male) hogs. Chuck Entz (talk) 02:25, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
It's hard to be sure, with thousands of references to people named Brawner cluttering up the searches, but I don't think there are any cites in either Google Books or usenet. Google Books has a few references to brawning hogs, but nothing I can find for either sense of the noun. Even the verb seems to be an archaic or obsolete term, so the noun might actually exist in sources we can't search easily online. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:45, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
I see lots of hits for "a boar killed for the table" and "a castrated boar," but none for this definition. --BB12 (talk) 21:49, 8 August 2012 (UTC)
RFV-failed. - -sche (discuss) 03:07, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

I just made another attempt to find citations of this, to see if any had been digitized or otherwise become available since 2012. I was not able to find any citations of the challenged sense, and both Century and the English Dialect Dictionary only have "brawner" meaning "a boar", which is attested (google books:"brawner's head" finds a few different quotations). - -sche (discuss) 00:33, 7 May 2017 (UTC)