[ wahyuh r-ee ]
/ ˈwaɪər i /

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.

Origin of wiry

First recorded in 1580–90; wire + -y1


wir·i·ly, adverbwir·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Medical definitions for wiry

[ wīrē ]


Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness.
Sinewy and lean.
Filiform and hard. Used of a pulse.
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