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sinewy

[sin-yoo-ee] /ˈsɪn yu i/
adjective
1.
having strong sinews:
a sinewy back.
2.
of or like sinews; tough, firm, braided, or resilient:
a sinewy rope.
3.
having conspicuous sinews; stringy:
tough, sinewy meat.
4.
vigorous or forceful, as language, style, etc.:
a sinewy argument.
Origin of sinewy
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at sinew, -y1
Related forms
sinewiness, noun
unsinewy, adjective
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  • Dilly was a very little woman, with abnormally long and sinewy arms.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But Modred was in the pride of youth; muscular and sinewy was the frame of Modred.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The man is of a fine American type, sinewy, resolute, hawk-eyed.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Naked, lean-muscled and sinewy, Kashtanov paused before the door of the cage.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • It was not as brown as hers, but the fingers were long and sinewy.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for sinewy

sinewy

/ˈsɪnjʊɪ/
adjective
1.
consisting of or resembling a tendon or tendons
2.
muscular; brawny
3.
(esp of language, style, etc) vigorous; forceful
4.
(of meat, etc) tough; stringy
Derived Forms
sinewiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sinewy
adj.

late 14c., "made of sinews," from sinew + -y (2). As "tough, stringy" from 1570s.

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