wiry

adjective \ ˈwī(-ə)r-ē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of wiry

wirier play \ˈwī-rē-ər\; wiriest
1 a archaic :made of wire
b :resembling wire especially in form and flexibility
  • the wiry coat of the Irish terrier
  • wiry stems
c of sound :produced by or suggestive of the vibration of wire
  • the violinist … often let his tone go nasal and wiry
  • —D. J. Henahan
2 :being lean, supple, and vigorous :sinewy
  • the wiry figure of a long-distance runner
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wirily

play \ˈwī-rə-lē\ adverb

wiriness

play \ˈwī-rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of wiry in a Sentence

  1. a man with long, wiry arms

  2. She was lean and wiry from years of working out.

  3. He has dark, wiry hair.

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First Known Use of wiry

1588


WIRY Defined for English Language Learners

wiry

adjective

Definition of wiry for English Language Learners

  • : very thin but strong and muscular

  • : stiff like wire


WIRY Defined for Kids

wiry

adjective \ ˈwīr-ē \

Definition of wiry for Students

wirier; wiriest
1 :being slender yet strong and muscular
2 :coarse and stiff
  • wiry hair


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