wiry
adjective (wirier; -est) Date: 1588 1. a. archaic made of wire b. resembling wire especially in form and flexibility <
the wiry coat of the Irish terrier
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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
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2. being lean, supple, and vigorous ; sinewy <
the wiry figure of a long-distance runner — Phoenix Flame
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wirily adverbwiriness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wiry — [wīr′ē] adj. wirier, wiriest 1. of wire 2. like wire in shape and substance; stiff [wiry hair] 3. lean, sinewy, and strong: said of persons and animals 4. produced by or as if by a vibrating wire [a wiry sound] wiriness n …   English World dictionary

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  • wiry — 1580s, made of wire, from WIRE (Cf. wire) + Y (Cf. y) (2). As resembling wire, From 1590s; sense of lean, tough is first recorded 1808. Related: Wiriness …   Etymology dictionary

  • wiry — [adj] thin and strong agile, athletic, bristly, fibrous, lean, light, limber, muscular, ropy, sinewy, stiff, strapping, stringy, supple, tough; concepts 490,491 Ant. small, tiny …   New thesaurus

  • wiry — ► ADJECTIVE (wirier, wiriest) 1) resembling wire in form and texture. 2) lean, tough, and sinewy …   English terms dictionary

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  • wiry — UK [ˈwaɪərɪ] / US [ˈwaɪrɪ] adjective Word forms wiry : adjective wiry comparative wirier superlative wiriest 1) a wiry person is thin but looks strong a short wiry little man 2) wiry hair or grass is stiff and rough …   English dictionary

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