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[sin-yoo-ee] /ˈsɪn yu i/
having strong sinews:
a sinewy back.
of or like sinews; tough, firm, braided, or resilient:
a sinewy rope.
having conspicuous sinews; stringy:
tough, sinewy meat.
vigorous or forceful, as language, style, etc.:
a sinewy argument.
Origin of sinewy
1350-1400; Middle English; see sinew, -y1
Related forms
sinewiness, noun
unsinewy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sinewy
  • Once the picker had roared past, he studied the sinewy.
  • Then my sinewy bearers toss me into the cold water and the splashing begins.
  • And he noticed that natural construction tends to favor sinewy materials such as wood, muscle, and tendon.
  • He called for the basketball again, motioning wildly to his teammates, flapping his sinewy arms.
  • It is not unlike watching the sinewy but languorous.
  • These songs are dense and sinewy and largely move at a furious pace.
  • And the arms, while never pythons, were once sinewy cobras that could have belonged to a dancer.
  • Once the picker had roared past, he studied the sinewy stalks.
  • There was still that sweet, sinewy flick of the wrist and the long follow-through and the controlled rotation on the ball.
  • When the trees on the site are bare, you can see the monument's sinewy topknot from far away.
British Dictionary definitions for sinewy


consisting of or resembling a tendon or tendons
muscular; brawny
(esp of language, style, etc) vigorous; forceful
(of meat, etc) tough; stringy
Derived Forms
sinewiness, 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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