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
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First Known Use of sinewy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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