wiry

[wahyuhr-ee]
adjective, wirier, wiriest.
1.
made of wire.
2.
in the form of wire.
3.
resembling wire, as in form, stiffness, etc.: wiry grass.
4.
lean and sinew: a wiry little person.
5.
produced by or resembling the sound of a vibrating wire: wiry tones.

Origin:
1580–90; wire + -y1

wirily, adverb
wiriness, noun
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wiry (ˈwaɪərɪ)
 
adj , wirier, wiriest
1.  (of people or animals) slender but strong in constitution
2.  made of or resembling wire, esp in stiffness: wiry hair
3.  (of a sound) produced by or as if by a vibrating wire
 
'wirily
 
adv
 
'wiriness
 
n

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wiry wir·y (wīr'ē)
adj. wir·i·er, wir·i·est

  1. Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness.

  2. Sinewy and lean.

  3. Filiform and hard. Used of a pulse.

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Example sentences
Song: a high-pitched, wiry to lisping squeaky warble from perch, often
  prolonged and repeated with pulsating succession.
Wiry stems make the plants less subject to breakage than petunias, and tobacco
  budworms seem uninterested in foliage and flowers.
Wiry trainers possessed of supreme cool and confidence.
In this first concert, the players created a slightly wiry tone using incisive
  attacks and minimal vibrato.
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