Origin of wiry
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Examples from the Web for wirily
He was a tall man, wirily and powerfully built, past middle-age, but still bearing well his years.
Jerome wriggled under the man's detaining grasp, as wirily instinct with nerves as a cat; he kicked out viciously at his shins.Jerome, A Poor Man
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- (of people or animals) slender but strong in constitution
- made of or resembling wire, esp in stiffnesswiry hair
- (of a sound) produced by or as if by a vibrating wire
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Word Origin and History for wirily
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness.
- Sinewy and lean.
- Filiform and hard. Used of a pulse.
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