Definition of wiry
1a archaic : made of wireb : resembling wire especially in form and flexibility the wiry coat of the Irish terrier wiry stemsc 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 — Phoenix Flame
wirilyplay \ˈwī-rə-lē\ adverb
wirinessplay \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.
Recent Examples of wiry from the Web
Under the overall command of Isnilon Hapilon, the wiry leader of the Filipino jihadi Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), militants have held Marawi -- a city of 200,000 -- for over a month, defiantly facing down government troops and daily airstrikes.
Hapilon, a wiry extremist in his early 50s, was named emir of Southeast Asia by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2016 and has since set about uniting the region's extremists.
Altman, in gray T-shirt and jeans, is all wiry, pale intensity.
Although Harris has always looked wiry, circumstances have given him a more gaunt appearance.
Henk Ovink, hawkish, wiry, head shaved, watched from a VIP deck, with one eye on the boats and the other, as usual, on his phone.
Graced with a small, wiry build that helps him scamper up rocks and dart along narrow mountain paths, Jornet said his main advantage is the ability to recover quickly by checking his pace.
Justin Jackson, a 6-8, 201-pound wiry wing on North Carolina’s national championship team, worked out for the Heat last week and is one of a handful of lottery-level talent players who could be available when Miami makes its selection.
The game could feel like rugby on a basketball court, bigger players putting bruises on Ferguson’s wiry 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame.
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First Known Use of wiry
WIRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wiry for English Language Learners
: very thin but strong and muscular
: stiff like wire
WIRY Defined for Kids
Definition of wiry for Students
1 : being slender yet strong and muscular
2 : coarse and stiff wiry hair
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