AskDefine | Define sinewy

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sinewy adj
1 (of meat) full of sinews; especially impossible to chew [syn: fibrous, stringy, unchewable]
2 consisting of tendons or resembling a tendon [syn: tendinous]
3 (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful; "a hefty athlete"; "a muscular boxer"; "powerful arms" [syn: brawny, hefty, muscular, powerful]

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English

Adjective

  1. Tough; having strong sinews.
  2. Having or showing nervous strength.
  3. In the context of "of a person": possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful.
    • 1965 (original), Frank Herbert, Dune, Ace Edition; June 1987, Pennsylvania, page 32:
      Hawat put a sinewy finger beside his eye.

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