\ ˈstriŋ-ē How to pronounce stringy (audio) \
stringier; stringiest

Definition of stringy

1a : containing, consisting of, or resembling fibrous matter or string stringy hair
b : lean and sinewy in build : wiry
2 : capable of being drawn out to form a string : ropy a stringy precipitate

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stringiness noun

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Examples of stringy in a Sentence

a tough, stringy piece of meat stringy hair that clearly needs a good washing
Recent Examples on the Web In an update to your common strappy sandals, this season’s update comes with stringy straps and knotted details. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "7 Shoe Trends To Keep Your Eye On For Spring 2021," 27 Apr. 2021 The gentle heat of the simmering water will help prevent the meat from drying out or getting stringy. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "The best way to freeze, thaw and reheat leftover brisket, chili and carne guisada, salsa, shredded chicken and pulled pork," 20 Apr. 2021 And there’s Angelo Gagliardi, a former acrobat and retired truffle hunter who, with his stringy grey hair and long beard, appears to have escaped a Rembrandt painting. Angela Dawson, Forbes, "Filmmakers Get To The Root Of ‘The Truffle Hunters’," 3 Mar. 2021 These include using thick products that can make hair stringy, or applying any product at the wrong time. Amber Rambharose, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: How to Take Care of Curly Hair," 10 Dec. 2020 Sheen, a shaggy Welshman, and Tennant, a stringy Scot, offer a wonderful visual contrast. New York Times, "Best Theater of 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 Manaure, ColombiaRita Uriana stooped to examine the stringy green plants covering the oasis in the Colombian desert. Agostino Petroni, Environment, "This sacred bean saved an indigenous clan from climate calamity," 25 Nov. 2020 Some of these cells secrete mucus—two layers of the slippery, stringy, substance, with two different viscosities. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Covid Winter is Coming. Could Humidifiers Help?," 12 Nov. 2020 When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the stringy flesh into a medium bowl. Washington Post, "This vegan Bolognese is full of familiar, comforting flavors," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of stringy

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 May 2021

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“Stringy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stringy

: containing long, thin pieces that are like string and that are hard to chew
of hair : long, thin, and dirty
: having long, thin muscles


\ ˈstriŋ-ē How to pronounce stringy (audio) \
stringier; stringiest

Kids Definition of stringy

: containing, consisting of, or like string stringy meat stringy hair

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