adjective \ˈwī(-ə)r-ē\

: very thin but strong and muscular

: stiff like wire

wir·i·er \ˈwī-rē-ər\ wir·i·est

Full Definition of WIRY

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>
:  being lean, supple, and vigorous :  sinewy <the wiry figure of a long-distance runner — Phoenix Flame>
wir·i·ly \ˈwī-rə-lē\ adverb
wir·i·ness \-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.

First Known Use of WIRY


Rhymes with WIRY


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