Dictionary.com

wiry

[ wahyuhr-ee ]
/ ˈwaɪər i /
Save This Word!

adjective, wir·i·er, wir·i·est.

made of wire.
in the form of wire.
resembling wire, as in form, stiffness, etc.: wiry grass.
lean and sinew: a wiry little person.
produced by or resembling the sound of a vibrating wire: wiry tones.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of wiry

First recorded in 1580–90; wire + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM wiry

wir·i·ly, adverbwir·i·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for wiry

British Dictionary definitions for wiry

wiry
/ (ˈwaɪərɪ) /

adjective wirier or wiriest

(of people or animals) slender but strong in constitution
made of or resembling wire, esp in stiffnesswiry hair
(of a sound) produced by or as if by a vibrating wire

Derived forms of wiry

wirily, adverbwiriness, 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

Medical definitions for wiry

wiry
[ wīrē ]

adj.

Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness.
Sinewy and lean.
Filiform and hard. Used of a pulse.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
See Today's Synonym