wirier ˈwī-rē-ər How to pronounce wiry (audio) ; wiriest
archaic : made of wire
: resembling wire especially in form and flexibility
the wiry coat of the Irish terrier
wiry stems
of sound : produced by or suggestive of the vibration of wire
the violinist … often let his tone go nasal and wiryD. J. Henahan
: being lean, supple, and vigorous : sinewy
the wiry figure of a long-distance runnerPhoenix Flame
wirily adverb
wiriness 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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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of wiry was in 1588

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“Wiry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiry. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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wirier ˈwī-rē-ər How to pronounce wiry (audio) ; wiriest
: resembling wire in form and flexibility
wiry stems
: being slender yet strong and muscular
a wiry physique

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