Definition of wiry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwī(ə)rē/

adjective (wirier, wiriest)

1Resembling wire in form and texture: his wiry black hair
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  • He had long, wiry black hair, and a bristly goatee-beard-mustache combination around his lower face.
  • She settled into her bedroll and ran a slender hand through the mass of wiry black hair atop her head, pulling it back into a ponytail.
  • His dark eyes sparkled with life and amusement from the mass of black wiry hair that covered his face.
coarse, rough, stiff;
curly, wavy
1.1(Of a person) lean, tough, and sinewy: Bernadette was a small, wiry woman
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  • I turned around to face him, doing everything I could not to gawk at his lean, wiry figure.
  • A thin wiry man was sitting at the counter, downing a bottle of beer.
  • He was a small, spare, wiry man, highly intelligent, with unusual gifts of persuasion and leadership.
sinewy, athletic, strong;
lean, spare, thin, stringy, skinny



Pronunciation: /ˈwīrəlē/
Example sentences
  • Yet he only smiled wirily, and handed me the bike.
  • He is wirily built, with deep, twinkling blue eyes and a shimmering midnight blue robe.


Pronunciation: /ˈwī(ə)rēnəs/
Example sentences
  • The Englishman, also 22 years of age, seemed broader, taller, his muscles more pronounced and his expression meaner, next to Simpson's pallid wiriness.
  • But there was a residual wiriness, as he sat, a strength remaining from a lifetime of vigorous activity in nature.
  • The texture of abandoned fields and fencerows is imparted mainly by the cluttered verticality of grassblades, and the scrawny wiriness of tough-stemmed, small-leafed weeds.

Words that rhyme with wiry

diary, enquiry, expiry, fiery, friary, inquiry, miry, priory, spiry

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Syllabification: wir·y

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