\ 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

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The upshot is that string theory today includes much that no longer seems stringy. Quanta Magazine, "The Strange Second Life of String Theory," 15 Sep. 2016 The two yarnys, as they're called, depend on each others' stringy bodies to perform various acrobatic feats and avoid obstacles, such as animals and nature hazards. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Party Time! 12 Amazingly Addictive Couch Co-op Games," 22 June 2019 Remove the seeds and stringy fibers with a metal spoon or ice cream scoop. Karen Berner, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree to Use In Your Favorite Fall Recipes," 18 July 2018 And that tougher end can turn out stringy or woody when cooked. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Asparagus still rolling in — so many reasons to love it," 10 June 2018 After several hours in the oven, it's overcooked, dried out, and stringy. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Split-Roasted Turkey Buried in Herbs," 27 Nov. 2013 Using a vegetable peeler, remove the stringy outer layer of the rhubarb and scrape the stalks to about the thickness of your frangipane layer. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 My favorite shop for local cheeses, including stringy majdouli and salty akkawi, is at the end of that road. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 Her character is apparently a fan of the wet look, with stringy bangs and choppy layers hanging in front of her eyes at all times. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Watch Ruby Rose Test Drive a Mullet Via Our Virtual Photoshop Makeover," 1 Aug. 2018

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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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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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