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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Examples of sinewy in a Sentence

The lion has a sinewy body. a sinewy piece of meat
Recent Examples on the Web The sculpted door handles continue the sinewy lines of the exterior, but the old Infiniti FM architecture shows its age in the console and instrument panels. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Infiniti quickens the pulse with all-season Q60 looker (review)," 28 Dec. 2019 One of those late works is a standout in the show, a sinewy, crimson colored 1847 work Thunder God. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "A Great Wave of Hokusai," 9 Dec. 2019 Perhaps providing the strongest real counterbalance to De Niro's crazy Cady is Juliette Lewis, whose gangly packed performance as the couple's disenchanted 15-year-old daughter shows the most sinewy fiber. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cape Fear': THR's 1991 Review," 15 Nov. 2019 So few species of this lovely small tree seem to do well in heat and humidity, but here the old, sinewy Crataegus marshallii was stretching to a gap in the canopy. Washington Post, "How the National Arboretum got its ferns and became a civic treasure," 29 Oct. 2019 His marvelous vegetable taco — a sinewy, meaty mix of King oyster mushrooms, yams, battered cauliflower and farmers market carrots — answers a growing demand from his vegetarian and vegan regulars. Los Angeles Times, "In Lakewood, our critic considers burnt cheese tacos and carne asada mac ’n’ cheese," 2 Oct. 2019 The track is a quintessentially Major Lazer affair, with sinewy synth and convivel percussion creating a steamy, celebratory dance track, with Iza and Ciara both belting out lyrics in Portuguese. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Major Lazer, Camelphat, The Chainsmokers & More," 8 Nov. 2019 Walking an intriguing line between normal human and otherworldly Terminator, Davis’s sinewy Grace is by far the most interesting character in the movie. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Formulaic 'Terminator: Dark Fate' fails to evolve a flagging sci-fi franchise," 30 Oct. 2019 In the opening Chorale, a sinewy viola and then a keening clarinet declaimed as if from a pulpit, while spacious chords rang out from the other four players., "With Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the harpsichord definitely isn’t Baroque - The Boston Globe," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sinewy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jan 2020

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“Sinewy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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