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  1. having strong sinews: a sinewy back.
  2. of or like sinews; tough, firm, braided, or resilient: a sinewy rope.
  3. having conspicuous sinews; stringy: tough, sinewy meat.
  4. vigorous or forceful, as language, style, etc.: a sinewy argument.
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Origin of sinewy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sinew, -y1
Related formssin·ew·i·ness, nounun·sin·ew·y, adjective
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Related Words for sinewy

leathery, brawny, muscular, sturdy, athletic, fibrous, firm, hard, powerful, strong, vigorous

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Contemporary Examples of sinewy

Historical Examples of sinewy

  • Dilly was a very little woman, with abnormally long and sinewy arms.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • But Modred was in the pride of youth; muscular and sinewy was the frame of Modred.


    William Godwin

  • The man is of a fine American type, sinewy, resolute, hawk-eyed.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • Naked, lean-muscled and sinewy, Kashtanov paused before the door of the cage.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • It was not as brown as hers, but the fingers were long and sinewy.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for sinewy


  1. consisting of or resembling a tendon or tendons
  2. muscular; brawny
  3. (esp of language, style, etc) vigorous; forceful
  4. (of meat, etc) tough; stringy
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Derived Formssinewiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sinewy


late 14c., "made of sinews," from sinew + -y (2). As "tough, stringy" from 1570s.

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