\ˈstriŋ-ē \
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

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At six foot and five inches, Dzyuba isn’t quite the stringy presence that Crouch’s six foot seven represents., "Surprise World Cup Stars: Artem Dzyuba – The Russian Peter Crouch With an Infectious Smile," 9 July 2018 Next, strain it over a large pitcher, pressing on the solids with a rubber spatula to extract as much juice as possible, and discarding any stringy bits. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Make This Salted Watermelon Juice and Then Turn It into a Margarita, You Wizard You," 26 June 2018 Use a vegetable peeler to remove the stringy bits from the celery. The Washington Post,, "Tasty chicken dinner comes with a bonus: No cleanup," 19 Mar. 2018 This grilled tenderloin was tender and supremely juicy, nothing close to stringy as a result of being marinated in plastic for far too long. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "I’m Sick and Tired of People Hating on Pork Tenderloin," 12 June 2018 Falstaff’s stringy gray hair is vainly tossed about. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 Big League Chew is the stringy pink gum packed into a pouch that tastes like adolescence and smells like so many summers at the ballpark. David Haugh,, "Nellie Fox's card inspiration for Big League Chew: 'My dad used to say it was lightning in a pouch'," 24 May 2018 Either way, that Goth kid with the stringy red hair is mega-creepy. 7. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "9 things you must see at 'Star Wars' costume show at DIA," 18 May 2018 Planting Sweet potatoes will grow in poor soil, but roots may be deformed in heavy clay or long and stringy in sandy soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Perfect Sweet Potatoes In Your Backyard," 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of stringy

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \
stringier; stringiest

Kids Definition of stringy

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

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