Definition of sinewy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsinyo͞owē/


1Consisting of or resembling sinews.
Example sentences
  • William could feel the statues pressing into his back, their sinewy shapes slithering against his skin.
  • Gage is 6-4,212 pounds, with long, sinewy legs.
  • The crowd focuses on Wesley Bunch, a tanned, sinewy mountaineer from Jackson with a massive blond afro.
1.1(Of a person or animal) lean and muscular: a short, sinewy, sunburnt man figurative the language is spare and sinewy
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  • A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry.
  • Charlton is looking, in language, for something beyond what he calls "the sinewy slippage of language"'.
  • Her body is a mass of contradictions - strong yet frail-looking, sinewy yet delicate.

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Syllabification: sin·ew·y

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