muscular

adjective

mus·​cu·​lar ˈmə-skyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or constituting muscle
b
: of, relating to, or performed by the muscles
2
: having well-developed musculature
3
a
: 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
muscularity noun
muscularly adverb

Example Sentences

He has a muscular physique. His legs are very muscular.
Recent Examples on the Web He’s not like the fittest, slimmest, trimmest, most muscular guy. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 His speech represented the most muscular response so far from his administration to a rise in crime that has stricken the country’s major cities. New York Times, 23 June 2021 Drew’s spinal muscular atrophy causes muscle weakness. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 11 Nov. 2022 Drug companies have created therapies for previously unconquerable diseases from melanoma to spinal muscular atrophy. Matthew Herper, STAT, 3 Nov. 2022 The lead Nationwide scientist working with the Landmans, Kathrin Meyer, helped develop a gene therapy for young children with a type of spinal muscular atrophy that was almost always fatal. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2022 Its most successful medicine, Spinraza, halts a wasting disease called spinal muscular atrophy. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 That song is a muscular, midtempo soft rocker that got over by embracing Nashville cliché with thrilling abandon. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 28 Oct. 2022 Although Parkinson’s disease first attacks the part of the brain that controls the coordination of muscular movements, eventually cognition and mood may be negatively impacted. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of muscular was in 1670

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Cite this Entry

“Muscular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muscular. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

muscular

adjective

mus·​cu·​lar ˈməs-kyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or being muscle
b
: performed by the muscles
2
: having well-developed muscles : strong

Medical Definition

muscular

adjective

mus·​cu·​lar ˈməs-kyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or constituting muscle
b
: of, relating to, or performed by the muscles
2
: having well-developed musculature
muscularly adverb

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