[ sin-yoo-ee ]
/ ˈsɪn yu i /


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 English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sinew, -y1

Related forms

sin·ew·i·ness, nounun·sin·ew·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sinewy


/ (ˈsɪnjʊɪ) /


consisting of or resembling a tendon or tendons
muscular; brawny
(esp of language, style, etc) vigorous; forceful
(of meat, etc) tough; stringy

Derived Forms

sinewiness, noun
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