- having strong sinews: a sinewy back.
- of or like sinews; tough, firm, braided, or resilient: a sinewy rope.
- having conspicuous sinews; stringy: tough, sinewy meat.
- vigorous or forceful, as language, style, etc.: a sinewy argument.
Origin of sinewy
Middle EnglishRelated formssin·ew·i·ness, nounun·sin·ew·y, adjective
word dating back to 1350–1400;
see origin at sinew
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for sinewiness
Derived Formssinewiness, noun
- consisting of or resembling a tendon or tendons
- muscular; brawny
- (esp of language, style, etc) vigorous; forceful
- (of meat, etc) tough; stringy
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Word Origin and History for sinewiness
late 14c., "made of sinews," from sinew + -y (2). As "tough, stringy" from 1570s.
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