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  1. of or relating to muscle or the muscles: muscular strain.
  2. dependent on or affected by the muscles: muscular strength.
  3. having well-developed muscles; brawny.
  4. vigorously and forcefully expressed, executed, performed, etc., as if by the use of a great deal of muscular power: a muscular response to terrorism.
  5. broad and energetic, especially with the implication that subtlety and grace are lacking: a muscular style.
  6. reflected in physical activity and work: a muscular religion.
  7. Informal. having or showing power; powerful: a muscular vehicle.
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Origin of muscular

1675–85; < Latin mūscul(us) muscle + -ar1
Related formsmus·cu·lar·i·ty, nounmus·cu·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·mus·cu·lar, adjectivein·ter·mus·cu·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·mus·cu·lar·i·ty, nounnon·mus·cu·lar, adjectivenon·mus·cu·lar·ly, adverbpost·mus·cu·lar, adjectivesub·mus·cu·lar, adjectivesub·mus·cu·lar·ly, adverbun·mus·cu·lar, adjectiveun·mus·cu·lar·ly, adverb

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Related Words for muscularity

vigor, moxie, meat, power, flesh, beef, energy, punch, clout, bulk, sock, muscle, might, steam, kick, robustness, thew

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Historical Examples of muscularity

  • Of both his muscularity and good-nature I am afraid we often took advantage.

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  • The muscularity, purchased by excessive nutriment, of the Bœotian pugilist.

  • In the latter case, however, the Muscular should have either Thoracic or Alimentive tendencies combined with his muscularity.

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  • What a wonderful piece of muscularity and good-nature he was, to be sure, as I remember him!

  • He had no overplus of style about him, but he was reliable, he was sincere, his muscularity was conceded by all.

British Dictionary definitions for muscularity


  1. having well-developed muscles; brawny
  2. of, relating to, or consisting of muscle
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Derived Formsmuscularity (ˌmʌskjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounmuscularly, adverb

Word Origin for muscular

C17: from New Latin muscularis, from musculus muscle
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Word Origin and History for muscularity


1680s, from Modern Latin muscularis (from Latin musculus; see muscle (n.)) + -ity.

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1680s, "pertaining to muscles," from Latin musculus (see muscle (n.)) + -ar. Earlier in same sense was musculous (early 15c.). Meaning "having well-developed muscles" is from 1736. Muscular Christianity (1857) is originally in reference to philosophy of Anglican clergyman and novelist Charles Kingsley (1819-1875). Muscular dystrophy attested from 1886.

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muscularity in Medicine


  1. The state or condition of having well-developed muscles.
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  1. Of, relating to, or consisting of muscle.
  2. Having or characterized by well-developed muscles.
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