noun[mass noun] • literary
- 1Muscular strength: brains and brawn, thought and thewMore example sentences
- I trust his thew and his brother's wit.
- 1.1 (thews) Muscles and tendons perceived as generating strength: she touched his magnificent thewsMore example sentences
- Then I realized that any of the the various small stories of treachery and betrayal I had encountered could form the thews and sinews of a mystery novel.
- The thug strove furiously to clamp his meaty paws around the lighter man's neck, but the deceptive strength of the other's rangy thews held him at bay.
- Renny's claws were embedded in the wiry thews of the jaguar's forearms, streams of blackish blood spilling down his hands as he fought to shred the tendons crushing the life from him.
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- I have to, otherwise I shall strike to the left of me and the right of me with my mighty thewed forearms, probably snapping a few heads along the way.
- In keeping with Finder's emotionally realistic tone, the artwork avoids the heavily thewed men and exaggerated supermodel women beloved of superhero comics.
- He was smooth and rosy-skinned, cherubic-faced, with a thatch of curly yellow hair, but his body was as hugely thewed as a Hercules.
Old English thēaw 'usage, custom', (plural) 'manner of behaving', of unknown origin. The sense 'good bodily proportions, muscular development' arose in Middle English.
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