wiry

adjective
\ ˈwī(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce wiry (audio) \
wirier\ ˈwī-​rē-​ər How to pronounce wiry (audio) \; 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

Other Words from wiry

wirily \ ˈwī-​rə-​lē How to pronounce wiry (audio) \ adverb
wiriness \ ˈwī-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce wiry (audio) \ 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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First Known Use of wiry

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 May 2022

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“Wiry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiry. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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wiry

adjective
\ ˈwīr-ē How to pronounce wiry (audio) \
wirier; wiriest

Kids Definition of wiry

1 : being slender yet strong and muscular
2 : coarse and stiff wiry hair

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