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, sinewy

Antonyms

scrawny, skinny

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Examples of muscular in a Sentence

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

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But a more muscular U.S. policy is needed, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Russia’s Latin American Offensive," 2 Dec. 2018 According to the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists, all women who are thinking about becoming pregnant or who are already pregnant are offered carrier screening for cystic fibrosis, hemoglobinopathies, and spinal muscular atrophy. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "I'm Having Trouble Getting Pregnant—Should I Undergo Genetic Testing?," 1 Oct. 2018 And Jake, aged 12, who was told he couldn't audition for theater roles because of his spinal muscular atrophy. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had an Emotional Day Meeting Kids With Serious Health Needs," 4 Sep. 2018 After one Twitter user decided to photoshop muscular arms onto Kim Kardashian's body, the reality TV star's buff alter-ego was born. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 And while her hair, as well as her lithe yet muscular figure, often skewed androgynous, her makeup played up her almond gaze, pyramid-sharp cheekbones, and pillowy mouth to super-goddess effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Grace Jones! 18 Times the Fearless Pop Icon Broke the Beauty Mold," 19 May 2018 At 320 pounds, Kwame is muscular, toned and glistening under the natural light that fills his enclosure. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "New ape in town: Kwame makes rare alpha-male debut at Woodland Park Zoo," 9 Nov. 2018 The fact is, Liszt gave birth to a monster, and the second set is the most difficult and muscular pianistic creation of the time. David Dubal, WSJ, "Studies in Reckless Virtuosity," 16 Nov. 2018 Remains from Iron Gates reveal the male hunter-gatherers, on average, were more muscular and about a head taller than the male farmers, though women from both cultures were about the same height. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 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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