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wiry

[wahyuh r-ee] /ˈwaɪər i/
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
1580-1590
1580-90; wire + -y1
Related forms
wirily, adverb
wiriness, noun
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  • Song: a high-pitched, wiry to lisping squeaky warble from perch, often prolonged and repeated with pulsating succession.
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  • 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.
  • The box is emptied of the bottles it once held, and filled with packages of wiry string used for rackets.
  • After the video, a tiny, wiry gentleman with a thatch of white hair approached the lectern.
  • Far from being portly and slow moving, he was a wiry little guy, no more than five feet tall.
  • wiry tree branches paint the cracked interior walls where large antique mantles once stood.
  • Soft and pliable when wet, but wiry and brittle when dry.
  • One or two wiry leaves grow from the base to the top of each plant.
British Dictionary definitions for wiry

wiry

/ˈwaɪərɪ/
adjective 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
Derived Forms
wirily, adverb
wiriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wiry
adj.

1580s, "made of wire," from wire (n.) + -y (2). As "resembling wire," From 1590s; sense of "lean, tough" is first recorded 1808. Related: Wiriness.

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wiry in Medicine

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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