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[string-ee] /ˈstrɪŋ i/
adjective, stringier, stringiest.
resembling a string or strings; consisting of strings or stringlike pieces:
stringy weeds; a stringy fiber.
coarsely or toughly fibrous, as meat.
sinewy or wiry, as a person.
ropy, as a glutinous liquid.
Origin of stringy
First recorded in 1660-70; string + -y1
Related forms
stringiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Their stringy muscles seemed founts of inexhaustible energy.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Wonderful, he thought, as the towel stretched and kneaded his stringy muscles.

    Cost of Living Robert Sheckley
  • A woman with stringy hair and an elocutionist's mouth, grew dramatic as he passed.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Whalebone is very fibrous or stringy, and it splits very readily.

  • It was tough and stringy and required a great deal of stewing.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • I could have it dyed, I suppose, but they're so apt to get stringy afterward.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for stringy


adjective stringier, stringiest
made of strings or resembling strings
(of meat, etc) fibrous
(of a person's build) wiry; sinewy
(of liquids) forming in strings
Derived Forms
stringily, adverb
stringiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stringy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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