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

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 And then this incredible, claw-like, sinewy, abject, amputated-looking hand! Washington Post, "In ‘New York Interior,’ Edward Hopper finds his most electrifying image," 6 May 2020 The track is a mix of sinewy reggae and vintage Stones swagger. Matt Wake |, al, "Hear new Rolling Stones song, band’s first in 8 years," 23 Apr. 2020 But his sinewy 6-foot-7 frame and steely façade provide only so much armor. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "From the archives: Obstacles faced during ex-Mavs forward Josh Howard’s NBA career," 16 Apr. 2020 Zionist discourse, especially in the early years, sometimes echoed anti-Semitic disdain for the pale, weak diaspora Jew while lionizing the tanned, sinewy farmer-soldier reestablishing the historic homeland. Ethan Bronner, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck," 12 Mar. 2020 The venerable rapper and ‘00s crunk kingpin had gotten involved with the song in 2013, when a then-largely-unknown French producer named DJ Snake got in touch, requesting Lil Jon lay vocals over Snake’s sinewy beat. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Songs That Defined the Decade: DJ Snake & Lil Jon's 'Turn Down For What'," 21 Nov. 2019 Now the saplings stood in neat rows, about as wild as a corn crop, as sinewy and fibrous as cotton, their young bodies bending easily in the winds of whatever change may come. National Geographic, "Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood?," 13 Jan. 2020 Without regular in-person reminders about events and schedules, the ability to connect those dates and times to your chats and emails connects the sinewy tissue that is a forgetful, busy workforce. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tracking the future of remote workplaces: Apps, communication, and liability," 3 Feb. 2020 When Eddie is being chased by Drake’s henchman, Venom takes over, causing cars to crash with his sinewy, symbiotic tentacles, and even serving as a bulletproof shield when necessary. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sinewy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sinewy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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