\ 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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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 The biggest photo of all is a life-size cardboard cutout image of Kevin, which stands in the middle of the room, showing him wearing his trademark thick, gray beard and long stringy hair, and his usual outfit of denim bib overalls. John Carlisle,, "Unusual Up North museum to close next month — and everything is for sale," 1 July 2020 Without the protection of the shell or other ingredients, frozen crabmeat loses its tender texture and becomes stringy. Julia Rutland, Southern Living, "Your Biggest Crab Cooking Questions Answered," 29 June 2020 The plants exhibit classic symptoms of herbicide (weed killer) damage, clusters of small, stringy leaves at the nodes. oregonlive, "Need tips on shade trees suitable for small backyards? Ask an expert," 28 June 2020 And the toast with stringy stracciatella cheese and persimmon jam was a wonderfully creamy, cloud-like mess. 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Monday; with brunch at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Soleil Ho,, "4 Bay Area restaurants to try now," 3 Feb. 2020 Having transformed her stringy brown hair and baggy sweaters into bright-red curls and a black top hat, the teen is ready to embark on a life-changing journey to pursue the career she's always dreamed of — with a side of Alfie Allen. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Watch Beanie Feldstein In First Trailer For Caitlin Moran’s How To Build A Girl," 9 Apr. 2020 The foie was stringy as a harp and came with a laminated truffle brioche twisted up like a morning bun, but no explanation of how to eat them together. Adam Erace, Fortune, "Charleston Restaurant is the most relaxed formal dining experience in Baltimore," 8 Mar. 2020 Across from us was an older man with long, stringy gray hair pulled into a ponytail, his eyes closed, his thin lips serenely compressed. Kate Folk, The New Yorker, "Out There," 16 Mar. 2020 On a walk Lynx found some deer scat and handed it out, and a bit of stringy inner bark too, some dead limbs, mullein stalks. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "How to Prepare Now for the Complete End of the World," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of stringy

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Jul 2020

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“Stringy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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