Definition of muscular in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌskjʊlə/


1Relating to or affecting the muscles: energy is needed for muscular activity
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  • Hearty laughter increases heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate, and muscular activity.
  • Neuromuscular signs, mainly referring to muscular tension, were also documented.
  • Most cases will be forms of muscular tension headaches.
1.1Having well-developed muscles: his legs were strong and muscular
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  • Polar bears have a heavy stout body with strong muscular legs and well-developed neck muscles.
  • He has a sturdy build with strikingly muscular hands and chiseled features.
  • He's well-built, lean and muscular, but in my dream he's wearing a tutu and tights.
North American informal buff
US informal jacked
dated stalwart
literary thewy
Physiology  mesomorphic
1.2Vigorously robust: a muscular economy
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  • The grid has been more or less a constant throughout her career, but lately it has become more robust and muscular.
  • Solos tend to be modal rather than on conventional chords and the result is a muscular and dynamic trip into the adventurous hinterland of free jazz.
  • It is more an exceptional case of a sports film with an intellect that is just as muscular as the flesh around its robust frame.
vigorous, robust, strong, powerful, dynamic, potent, energetic, active, aggressive



Pronunciation: /mʌskjʊˈlarɪti/
Example sentences
  • Soon after researchers found that creatine helped athletes increase muscularity and strength, thousands of individuals began taking it with juice.
  • The advantages of the stumpy standup rods and harness is that playing of a heavyweight fish becomes a real contest of endurance and technique, rather than muscularity and brute strength.
  • As a competitor, my job is to build the most muscular body possible, and that means I need both overall muscle mass and individual muscularity.


Example sentences
  • Dave and I forged on up and down the slopes, stopping to admire the olive-green frogs that leaped muscularly away from our descending boots to freeze like tiny carvings beneath tussocks of wet grass.
  • ‘That's an interesting question, but I'd say it combines reflexes for fast-twitch muscles and slow-twitch muscles, cardiovascularly and muscularly,’ he says.
  • Looking notably better muscularly, her lower finish reinforces the fact that this class was extremely competitive and of high quality.


Late 17th century: alteration of earlier musculous, in the same sense.

Words that rhyme with muscular

crepuscular, majuscular, minuscular

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