muscular

adjective
mus·​cu·​lar | \ˈməs-kyə-lər \

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 \ ˌməs-​kyə-​ˈla-​rə-​tē \ noun
muscularly \ ˈməs-​kyə-​lər-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for muscular

Synonyms

brawny, rugged, sinewy, stalwart, stout, strong

Antonyms

delicate, feeble, frail, weak, weakling, wimpy

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Examples of muscular in a Sentence

He has a muscular physique. His legs are very muscular.

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And as so often happens when a woman takes a role written for a man, that role ends up feeling unusually muscular, bold, and nuanced for a female character. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "What Keeps You Alive shows the importance of art in horror films," 24 Aug. 2018 There’s something about its body, the huge head, tiny little arms, long tail, muscular legs; everybody recognizes it. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "Why Today is the Golden Age for Dinosaur Discoveries," 2 June 2018 Domingos Napueto, a compact, muscular man with a baby face and a high voice, led efforts by the Red Cross to survey the damage in the district of Mogincual. Longreads, "Where Have You Hidden the Cholera?," 5 Apr. 2018 Her graduate thesis combined six large photographs of a muscular young black man in white pants and a white T-shirt. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "Lorna Simpson, America’s Most Defiant Conceptual Artist, Makes A Radical Change—To Painting," 9 Feb. 2018 With flashing eyes that tear up at the drop of a cat and a muscular frame made for monument-worthy poses, this Padraic is a strutting contradiction of attraction and repulsion, daring us to question our conventional notions of the heroic. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 Pride and Roebke’s booming, muscular drive in particular. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Following years on the road opening for his half-sister Amy Schumer, Jason Stein drops a new album with his trio Locksmith Isidore," 17 May 2018 In 1960, muscular men like Charles Atlas and Joe Weider took out ads in comic books that encouraged scrawny men and boys to follow their training regimen to avoid being bullied. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 Shooting a moving target, my father taught me, required anticipation, and his muscular pursuit of the clay birds soaring toward the creek possessed a precision and grace that awed me. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of muscular

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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