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 muscularity (audio) , -​ˈler-​ə-​tē \ noun
muscularly \ ˈməs-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce muscularly (audio) \ 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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At this point, most of your muscular wiring is already laid down. SELF, "Your Guide to Increasing the Weight You Lift," 10 May 2019 The world is out of tune, spirits broken, and the staging by director Rachel Chavkin, Mitchell’s collaborator since 2013, trades song and dance for singing bodies straining in muscular rhythm. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, Bayern announced before its game that both goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the captain, and defender David Alaba were ruled out with muscular problems. Ciaran Fahey, The Seattle Times, "Bayern held to draw, Dortmund seizes Bundesliga lead," 30 Mar. 2019 So the opening of opportunity has to not only be there, but be there in a much more muscular way. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "Sandra Oh on ‘Killing Eve’ and Her Historic Emmy Nomination," 12 July 2018 Sabella was a compact woman with a muscular frame built during a lifetime of work. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Woman's Day, "The Real Story Behind the Musical 'Chicago'," 12 May 2017 Soon his handsome face and muscular build appeared on magazine covers. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "'Damn Yankees!' star Tab Hunter dead at 86," 10 July 2018 Soon his handsome face and muscular build appeared on magazine covers. Shawn Marsh, azcentral, "Tab Hunter, screen heartthrob and gay icon, dies at 86," 9 July 2018 Soon his handsome face and muscular build appeared on magazine covers. Shawn Marsh, chicagotribune.com, "Actor Tab Hunter, star of 'Damn Yankees!' movie, dies age 86," 9 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 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 muscularly (audio) \ adverb

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