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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The women have matching blowouts, and the bodies — taut, nervous, and muscular — are largely the same. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Behold: The Bachelor Unicorns — The Perfect Contestants Who Came & Went," 9 July 2018 An English bulldog with an underbite and muscular, rounded front legs won the 30th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest on Saturday night. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "World's Ugliest Dog title goes to English bulldog named Zsa Zsa," 24 June 2018 Kevan was born with something called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Shari Puterman, USA TODAY, "Kevan can't walk - so his friends carried him through Europe," 1 June 2018 The image is sent spinning by the adjacent panel, in which a teenage boy wearing shades and a red beret sits cross-legged in a chair and flanked by two muscular security guards. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "The art of daily existence: Meleko Mokgosi's provocative show at the UCLA Fowler Museum," 7 May 2018 And spinal muscular atrophy wasn’t going to keep me from having a girlfriend, getting married or having a family. Ben Mattlin, New York Times, "How 30 Blocks Became 30 Years," 5 Jan. 2018 She was known for her underbite and muscular, rounded front legs. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "World's Ugliest Dog, Zsa Zsa the English bulldog, dies weeks after winning title," 10 July 2018 Wiry and muscular, he was invariably dressed in a buckskin suit, fringed at the edges, with a deerskin cap ornamented with a fox tail. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 The feel is muscular, almost martial, while sneaking in a bit of bouncy brightness with the rhythmic triplet that leads the melody’s descending notes. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's global sports anthem: The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army'," 29 June 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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