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

Other Words from muscular

muscularity \ ˌmə-​skyə-​ˈla-​rə-​tē How to pronounce muscular (audio) , -​ˈler-​ə-​tē \ noun
muscularly \ ˈməs-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce muscular (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 Jackson is more muscular, and Roman says the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player looks like a different person. Matt Cohen, Baltimore Sun, 29 July 2022 The new strategy is muscular and sweeping in ways that could play out for years, even decades, Doug Lute, a former Ambassador to NATO and retired three-star general, told me. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 1 July 2022 The show admires stripping’s creative potential and muscular vigor, but evinces doubt that the work can launch dancers out of poverty or social stigma in the long run. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 This is a serious mouthful of wine, rich, dense, and muscular, with sappy tannins that are impeccably ripe and well-managed. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 18 July 2022 As Pippin, who is established as a poor candidate for becoming a soldier or hero, Shannon Chong is every bit as muscular and handsome and fit as the actor (Brad Weatherford) playing his combat-ready dim-bulb of a brother, Lewis. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 14 July 2022 Fitness tests are often used in schools to measure students' cardiovascular and muscular health, and many districts rely on an assessment system called the FitnessGram to conduct those tests. Dezimey Kum, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 Both women as nimble and muscular as mountain goats and those swollen in the late stages of pregnancy crossed the finish line. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 June 2022 The occurrence, timing and frequency of these contractions are influenced by muscular, neural and chemical factors. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of muscular

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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10 Aug 2022

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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


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 muscular (audio) \ adverb

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