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[string-ee] /ˈstrɪŋ i/
adjective, stringier, stringiest.
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
1660-70; string + -y1
Related forms
stringiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stringy
  • The thin, stringy look was not an aim in itself, but merely the result of an obsessive paring down.
  • His hair is pasted to his scalp in long, stringy strands.
  • Mature bone cells are characteristically long and stringy with several extended branches.
  • Cut in pieces, remove seeds and stringy portion, and pare.
  • She cut off the large leaves and cleaned the stringy stalks with a paring knife.
  • People are generally familiar with water that turns green from large mats of stringy, slimy goo.
  • As it died, tissue lifted off from the coral in stringy fragments.
  • And since there is not a lot of resin in their stringy, thick bark, the larger trees are resistant to fire.
  • The stew seemed particularly delicious, though the squirrel was as stringy as piano wire.
  • He can recognize, from stringy fecal evidence, when a chimpanzee has been eating a certain latex-rich fruit.
British Dictionary definitions for stringy


adjective stringier, stringiest
made of strings or resembling strings
(of meat, etc) fibrous
(of a person's build) wiry; sinewy
(of liquids) forming in strings
Derived Forms
stringily, adverb
stringiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stringy

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

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