Origin of wiry
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Examples from the Web for wiry
Wiry and more grey man than charismatic, Votel is known for his no-nonsense, rather closed demeanor.Special Ops Commander Swears: I Won't Be Hillary's VP
August 29, 2014
My prom date, Red, sported a wiry mustache and drove a black-and-gold Camaro.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
He was wiry, crisp, and clean and lean, his mind as sharp as ever.The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win
January 25, 2014
Models came down the runway in head pieces fashioned into twisted, wiry wigs in subtle winter colors.Comme Des Garçon's "Infinity of Tailoring"
March 3, 2013
In the small living room where we last met, he seemed more gaunt than wiry, his ear bandaged after a biopsy.A Friend’s Tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens: The Diplomatic Indiana Jones
September 13, 2012
He is a man of a slim, but wiry figure, about five feet ten inches in height.Heroes of the Telegraph
She was a wiry woman, a mass of muscles animated by an eager energy.Tiverton Tales
A wiry, sharp-faced man he was, with a birth-mark upon his temple.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Though still slight of build I was wiry, high-strung and quick of movement.The Harbor
Some were mounted; some led by the rein, wiry little bronchos.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
- (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 wiry
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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