sin·​ewy | \ˈsin-yə-wē 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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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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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 \

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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