\ 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 Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and stringy pulp, transfer them to a small bowl of water, and separate the seeds from the pulp. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 If any of the mussels have beards, the small stringy clump attached to one side, pull or scrape off the beards., 4 May 2021 In an update to your common strappy sandals, this season’s update comes with stringy straps and knotted details. Jamila Stewart, Essence, 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, 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, 3 Mar. 2021 These include using thick products that can make hair stringy, or applying any product at the wrong time. Amber Rambharose, Allure, 10 Dec. 2020 Sheen, a shaggy Welshman, and Tennant, a stringy Scot, offer a wonderful visual contrast. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2020 Manaure, ColombiaRita Uriana stooped to examine the stringy green plants covering the oasis in the Colombian desert. Agostino Petroni, Environment, 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of stringy

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of stringy was in 1662

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28 May 2021

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“Stringy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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