wiry

adjective
\ˈwī(-ə)r-ē \
wirier\ˈwī-rē-ər \; wiriest

Definition of wiry 

1a 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 runnerPhoenix Flame

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Other Words from wiry

wirily \ˈwī-rə-lē \ adverb
wiriness \ˈwī-rē-nəs \ noun

Examples of wiry in a Sentence

a man with long, wiry arms She was lean and wiry from years of working out. He has dark, wiry hair.
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Increased range and accuracy on his shot, plus more muscle on his wiry frame (and 40-point games for the powerhouse Oakland Soldiers club in the spring), merely expanded his recruiting profile. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDSU basketball recruiting targets drawing interest from the big boys," 10 July 2018 The actor’s Zorro is wiry, tricky and nimble, and his sword fights with Trucks (who doubles as Ramón’s lieutenant) are the exciting work of fight choreographer Michael Engelmann. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "'Zorro' fills the stage with romantic, swashbuckling drama and music of the Gypsy Kings | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018 His son César is also small, but wiry, bespectacled, and bearded. Brett Martin, GQ, "Lyon Is the Real Capital of French Food," 12 Mar. 2018 There are dozens of little figures holding tiny props: a man drinking wine by a cathedral radio in his parlor, a bride and groom on their wedding day, a grandmother wearing wiry glasses, knitting. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 The wiry undulations of the Slinky toy, for example, turn out to be good way of modeling sine waves. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018 Lord, with his wiry frame, preferred rock climbing, while the burlier, six-foot-five Doro was more of a hiker. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 Seated on a stage in the chapel were a number of veterans, among them a wiry man with an unkempt brown beard who sat with his eyes closed and his hands folded in his lap. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Each morning, the wiry man walks a few steps from his makeshift hut and enters the black, sludgy waters of one of India's most polluted rivers. Fox News, "In India, a trio of unlikely heroes wages war on plastic," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of wiry

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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wiry

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wiry

: very thin but strong and muscular

: stiff like wire

wiry

adjective
\ˈwīr-ē \
wirier; wiriest

Kids Definition of wiry

1 : being slender yet strong and muscular

2 : coarse and stiff wiry hair

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