sin·​ewy | \ ˈsin-yə-wē also ˈsi-nə- How to pronounce sinewy (audio) \

Definition of sinewy

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 intelligence— Helen Dudar

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sinewy


brawny, muscular, rugged, stalwart, stout, strong


delicate, feeble, frail, weak, weakling, wimpy

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Examples of sinewy in a Sentence

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

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Finally, FKA Twigs otherworldly pole skills continued to dazzle, with the neo-R&B singer sporting intricate cornrows while her shining, sinewy physique spun and contorted. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Aweng Chuol, Margot Robbie, and More," 26 May 2019 Was Nintendo breaking down the sinewy tissue of age-old JRPGs in a way that seems boring in a crowded expo hall but might prove perfect for a lengthy, semi-portable adventure? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 2018 Gangly and watchful, Daniel Kluko, twenty-five, lifts a Styro foam sheet to examine a web of bald, sinewy roots beneath it. Lina Zeldovich, Popular Mechanics, "The Vertical Farm That Lifted a Family," 2 June 2016 And then there are her tattoos: menacing, full-sleeve designs up and down both of her sinewy, powerful arms. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "UFC's Megan Anderson fights for acclaim, against depression after moving from Australia to KC," 1 July 2018 Sleek and sinewy, the cables are a key feature of Golden Gate Bridge architecture. Rachel Swan,, "Golden Gate Bridge trolley system would ease burden on maintenance workers," 27 June 2018 They were lightweight even for the time; sinewy and of course really good riders. National Geographic, "Why the Short-Lived Pony Express Still Fascinates Us," 23 June 2018 Bamba is an athletic marvel, a sinewy tower of untapped potential. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Orlando-bound: Magic select former Texas star Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft," 21 June 2018 Bamba is an athletic marvel, a sinewy tower of untapped potential. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Magic select UT's Mo Bamba with No. 6 pick in NBA Draft," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of sinewy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sinewy

: having strong and lean muscles
: tough and difficult to cut or chew


sin·​ewy | \ ˈsin-yə-wē How to pronounce sinewy (audio) \

Kids Definition of sinewy

1 : strong sense 1, powerful sinewy arms
2 : full of tendons : tough, stringy a sinewy piece of meat

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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