adjective, string·i·er, string·i·est.

resembling a string or strings; consisting of strings or stringlike pieces: stringy weeds; a stringy fiber.
coarsely or toughly fibrous, as meat.
sinewy or wiry, as a person.
ropy, as a glutinous liquid.

Origin of stringy

First recorded in 1660–70; string + -y1
Related formsstring·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stringy

Contemporary Examples of stringy

  • It's also true that--like many squashes and gourds--it needs to be stewed and pureed to get rid of its stringy texture.

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    Yes, Some of US Really Like Pumpkin

    Megan McArdle

    October 17, 2012

  • A dense and stringy fruit, it needs the accompaniment of a lot of sugar and spices before it becomes particularly palatable.

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    Yes, Some of US Really Like Pumpkin

    Megan McArdle

    October 17, 2012

  • That changed Feb. 4, when the stringy 6-foot-3, 23-year-old Knicks guard racked up 25 points against the New Jersey Nets.

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    Jeremy Lin Means More Than Wins for the Knicks

    Matthew DeLuca

    February 17, 2012

  • Smith—sporting blue jeans, combat boots, a black blazer, and that signature mess of stringy brown hair—offers to show me around.

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    Patti Smith's Private World

    Rachel Wolff

    January 7, 2010

Historical Examples of stringy

  • 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

made of strings or resembling strings
(of meat, etc) fibrous
(of a person's build) wiry; sinewy
(of liquids) forming in strings
Derived Formsstringily, adverbstringiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stringy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper