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

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Examples of muscular in a Sentence

He has a muscular physique. His legs are very muscular.
Recent Examples on the Web Star Wars seems almost too muscular a presence for a wan romantic dramedy like Made in Italy. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Familiar Liam Neeson dramedy Made in Italy brings gnocchi but not much magic: Review," 6 Aug. 2020 New York City boasts one of the nation's oldest and most muscular local public health departments. Karen Matthews, baltimoresun.com, "New York City public health chief, a former Baltimore health commissioner, resigns after coronavirus friction," 5 Aug. 2020 Guys like Popeye the Sailor Man, the Incredible Hulk and Superman morph instantly from regular-sized men into muscular superheroes, perform astounding feats and receive universal love awe and love. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "PGA Championship: Bryson DeChambeau, incredibly hulked up, is a must-watch," 5 Aug. 2020 The Cypriot official said the EU should pursue a more muscular policy with a larger military footprint in the region, and lauded France for supporting this line. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Star Tribune, "Minister: Cyprus can help EU fill east Med 'power void'," 5 Aug. 2020 In the mid-1960s, the Ford Motor Company was a pioneer of affordable, youthful, and muscular machines. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "What Makes the Ford Bronco So Badass?," 9 June 2020 In fact, a woman who weighs 130 pounds and is muscular burns more calories than a sedentary 120-pound woman of the same height. Redbook, "23 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Increase Metabolism," 26 July 2017 The information is studied and used by a network of groups including the Navy, urban emergency planners and a variety of American universities where closing knowledge gaps about more muscular storms is a life-saving business. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Robotic Mini-Armada Will Probe the Secrets of Hurricanes," 14 July 2020 Once caught, the sunfish can be hooked in the muscular part of the back behind the large dorsal fin that runs along the backbone. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Big bass await summer anglers at Bay Area fishing spots," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of muscular

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of muscular was in 1670

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9 Aug 2020

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“Muscular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muscular. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for muscular

muscular

adjective
How to pronounce muscular (audio)

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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