sinewy

[sin-yoo-ee]
adjective
1.
having strong sinews: a sinewy back.
2.
of or like sinews; tough, firm, braided, or resilient: a sinewy rope.
3.
having conspicuous sinews; stringy: tough, sinewy meat.
4.
vigorous or forceful, as language, style, etc.: a sinewy argument.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see sinew, -y1

sinewiness, noun
unsinewy, adjective
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sinewy (ˈsɪnjʊɪ)
 
adj
1.  consisting of or resembling a tendon or tendons
2.  muscular; brawny
3.  (esp of language, style, etc) vigorous; forceful
4.  (of meat, etc) tough; stringy
 
'sinewiness
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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