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adjective, string·i·er, string·i·est.
  1. resembling a string or strings; consisting of strings or stringlike pieces: stringy weeds; a stringy fiber.
  2. coarsely or toughly fibrous, as meat.
  3. sinewy or wiry, as a person.
  4. ropy, as a glutinous liquid.

Origin of stringy

First recorded in 1660–70; string + -y1
Related formsstring·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for stringiness

Historical Examples

  • Stringiness of bark is characteristic of all the cedars, and typical of red cedar.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Add a tablespoonful of water to an egg used for crumbing in order to remove the stringiness.

British Dictionary definitions for stringiness


adjective stringier or stringiest
  1. made of strings or resembling strings
  2. (of meat, etc) fibrous
  3. (of a person's build) wiry; sinewy
  4. (of liquids) forming in strings
Derived Formsstringily, adverbstringiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stringiness



1660s, from string (n.) + -y (2). Related: Stringiness.

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