Posted by James Briggs on April 06, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Help with a saying, please...... posted by Bruce Kahl on April 06, 2004
: : Does anyone know where the phrase "strapping young man" comes from and the meaning of the phrase?
: : Thanks in advance
: A strapping young man is a man who is very well proportioned and strong, someone in really good physical shape.
: I have no idea where it came from.
The word is first recorded in this sense in the 1600s. Sadly, my reference source gives no origin.