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wiry

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adjective \ˈwī(-ə)r-ē\

Simple Definition of wiry

  • : very thin but strong and muscular

  • : stiff like wire

Full Definition of wiry

wir·i·er play \ˈwī-rē-ər\ wir·i·est

  1. 1 a archaic :  made of wire b :  resembling wire especially in form and flexibility <the wiry coat of the Irish terrier> <wiry stems> c of sound :  produced by or suggestive of the vibration of wire <the violinist … often let his tone go nasal and wiry — D. J. Henahan>

  2. 2 :  being lean, supple, and vigorous :  sinewy <the wiry figure of a long-distance runner — Phoenix Flame>

wir·i·ly play \ˈwī-rə-lē\ adverb
wir·i·ness play \-rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of wiry

  1. a man with long, wiry arms

  2. She was lean and wiry from years of working out.

  3. He has dark, wiry hair.



1588

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1588

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