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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When Novartis announced that Zolgensma, its gene therapy treatment that can halt the progression of spinal muscular atrophy in babies, would cost $2.1 million, the company offered a pay-over-time plan. New York Times, "The $6 Million Drug Claim," 25 Aug. 2019 Once again, however, Fisch and the Cleveland Orchestra brought this familiar score to new and vivid life with a reading that was alternately vigorous, muscular, tender, and wistful. cleveland.com, "Familiar works enjoy new life on revelatory night with Cleveland Orchestra," 12 Aug. 2019 Ishikawa The hard water in this region makes the sake more muscular, savory and umami-rich. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A complete guide to sake from the sake guru at Ototo," 8 Aug. 2019 People who don’t cool down within 30 minutes could need organ transplants or have long-lasting muscular and neurological problems. Wired, "Elite Athletes Are Changing How They Train for Extreme Heat," 30 Aug. 2019 All these young women so lean and muscular and accomplished at thirty; Ivy Leagued, Brazilian-waxed, thonged, tattooed. Kate Walbert, The New Yorker, "To Do," 26 Aug. 2019 In the run-up to the draft, many said that Brown outperformed his more muscular and highly publicized Ole Miss teammate, D.K. Metcalf. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: 16 Rookies Who Could Make an Impact," 4 July 2019 Sierra bighorn sheep: The Sierra bighorn sheep is the king of the High Sierra — lean, muscular and adept on the high canyons, crags and ledges. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Bears, elk, sharks crown landmark wildlife surge," 17 Aug. 2019 The music felt so muscular, propelled by two percussionists as well as a drummer, as the group delivered a decidedly 21st-century brand of metal that benefited from elements of electronic/DJ music. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Review: Slipknot rules on opening night of Knotfest Roadshow tour," 27 July 2019

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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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