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adjective, string·i·er, string·i·est.
  1. resembling a string or strings; consisting of strings or stringlike pieces: stringy weeds; a stringy fiber.
  2. coarsely or toughly fibrous, as meat.
  3. sinewy or wiry, as a person.
  4. ropy, as a glutinous liquid.
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Origin of stringy

First recorded in 1660–70; string + -y1
Related formsstring·i·ness, noun
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Related Words

fibrous, gangling, lanky, muscular, sinewy, spindly, tough, wiry, lank, spindling, threadlike, gristly, reedy, ropy

Examples from the Web for stringy

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  • Their stringy muscles seemed founts of inexhaustible energy.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Wonderful, he thought, as the towel stretched and kneaded his stringy muscles.

    Cost of Living

    Robert Sheckley

  • A woman with stringy hair and an elocutionist's mouth, grew dramatic as he passed.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • Whalebone is very fibrous or stringy, and it splits very readily.

  • It was tough and stringy and required a great deal of stewing.

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

British Dictionary definitions for stringy


adjective stringier or stringiest
  1. made of strings or resembling strings
  2. (of meat, etc) fibrous
  3. (of a person's build) wiry; sinewy
  4. (of liquids) forming in strings
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Derived Formsstringily, adverbstringiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stringy


1660s, from string (n.) + -y (2). Related: Stringiness.

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