stringier; stringiest
: containing, consisting of, or resembling fibrous matter or string
stringy hair
: lean and sinewy in build : wiry
: capable of being drawn out to form a string : ropy
a stringy precipitate
stringiness noun

Examples of stringy in a Sentence

a tough, stringy piece of meat stringy hair that clearly needs a good washing
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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stringy was in 1662

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Cite this Entry

“Stringy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


stringier; stringiest
: containing, consisting of, or resembling string
stringy cheese
stringy hair
stringiness noun

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