muscular

adjective
mus·​cu·​lar | \ ˈmə-skyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio) \

Definition of muscular

1a : of, relating to, or constituting muscle
b : of, relating to, or performed by the muscles
2 : having well-developed musculature
3a : of or relating to physical strength : brawny
b : having strength of expression or character : vigorous muscular prose
c : characterized by forcefulness or resolve muscular foreign policy
d : full-bodied muscular wines

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Other Words from muscular

muscularity \ ˌmə-​skyə-​ˈla-​rə-​tē How to pronounce muscular (audio) , -​ˈler-​ə-​tē \ noun
muscularly \ ˈməs-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce muscular (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of muscular in a Sentence

He has a muscular physique. His legs are very muscular.
Recent Examples on the Web His left foot doesn't work — a muscular weakness or paralysis syndrome called foot drop. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Think about that famous fictional character known as the Hulk, and how there is a sudden transformation from one moment being relatively withdrawn and reserved, which then metamorphizes into this muscular overpowering hulking thing. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Animals of any considerable size require a circulatory system, driven by some form of muscular motor, to supply their tissues with oxygen and nutrition. John J. Ross, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021 Eventually his company created the first drug to treat the leading genetic killer of babies, spinal muscular atrophy. Brady Huggett, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2021 In the self-portrait, Ms. López strides toward the viewer in running shoes with a snake in her hand, a muscular leg seemingly protruding from the painting, the mantle waving behind her like a cape. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 The Grandsphere, a muscular GT with slick coach doors and four seats, turns the paradigm of the luxury executive sedan on its head by putting the best seats in the front. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2021 Most movingly, there’s the climax of On the Waterfront, in which Marlon Brando’s Terry Malloy, beaten to a pulp, gets up off the ground and leads his fellow dockworkers back to work as Leonard Bernstein’s muscular score surges in the background. Chris Vognar, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 Sure enough, that fan and many others feel the same way about the muscular law enforcement officer (who also shaves his head like Johnson), with some even posting comparisons on TikTok. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of muscular

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of muscular was in 1670

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“Muscular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muscular. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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muscular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of muscular

: of or relating to muscles
: having large and strong muscles

muscular

adjective
mus·​cu·​lar | \ ˈmə-skyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio) \

Kids Definition of muscular

1 : of, relating to, or done by the muscles muscular strength muscular activity
2 : having large and strong muscles muscular legs a muscular athlete

muscular

adjective
mus·​cu·​lar | \ ˈməs-kyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio) \

Medical Definition of muscular

1a : of, relating to, or constituting muscle
b : of, relating to, or performed by the muscles
2 : having well-developed musculature

Other Words from muscular

muscularly \ ˈməs-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce muscular (audio) \ adverb

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