sinewy

adjective

sin·​ewy ˈsin-yə-wē How to pronounce sinewy (audio)
 also  ˈsi-nə-
1
: full of sinews: such as
a
: tough, stringy
sinewy meat
b
: strong
sinewy arms
2
: marked by the strength of sinews
a demanding sinewy intelligenceHelen Dudar

Examples of sinewy in a Sentence

The lion has a sinewy body. a sinewy piece of meat
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sinewy was in the 14th century

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“Sinewy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinewy. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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sinewy

adjective
sin·​ewy ˈsin-yə-wē How to pronounce sinewy (audio)
 also  ˈsin-ə-
1
: full of sinews : stringy
sinewy meat
2
: strong sense 1
sinewy arms

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