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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A short, sinewy man, he had an easygoing manner that concealed an inner intensity.
▪ Angela hung on to it fiercely, but the alsatian was too strong and sinewy for her.
▪ He got out of the tub, his sinewy body dripping water.
▪ He lifted one sinewy arm to wave.
▪ He was good at climbing; it was a sport in which his small, sinewy build was on his side.
▪ He was tall and sinewy, and his fingers gripped her arms with a steely strength.
▪ His lips were firm and damp enough, the hand that caressed her face dry and sinewy.
▪ We are sinewy, old wood, old trunks with fading limbs and few leaves!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sinewy \Sin"ew*y\, a.

  1. Pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling, a sinew or sinews.

    The sinewy thread my brain lets fall.

  2. Well braced with, or as if with, sinews; nervous; vigorous; strong; firm; tough; as, the sinewy Ajax.

    A man whose words . . . were so close and sinewy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "made of sinews," from sinew + -y (2). As "tough, stringy" from 1570s.


a. 1 tough; having strong sinews. 2 (context figuratively English) Having or showing nervous strength. 3 (context of a person English) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful.

  1. adj. (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]

Usage examples of "sinewy".

He pressed her up against the adobe wall and held her there with the length of his hard, sinewy body.

The black man towered above the white, but even his magnificent proportions could not overshadow the sinewy physique of the pirate.

As usual, they were a mix of all races, though with a distinct Asian and African cast, here: Ethiops dark as night and brawny Nubians even darker, and fiat-faced fair-skinned Circassians and Avars and other sinewy northern folk, and some who might have been Persians or Indians, and even a sullen yellow-haired man who could have been a Briton or Teuton.

His sinewy arms gripped her hard, firm warm young flesh tight and fatless over patrician bones.

If you had seen those hardy and sinewy Frenchmen gliding in the dusk of evening from cottage to cottage, passing the word that the Americans had arrived, saying airy things and pinching one another as they met and hurried on, you would have thought something very amusing and wholly jocund was in preparation for the people of Vincennes.

Everything about the sick man felt jointless, muscles gone to jelly in a sinewy body where nothing but cabled strength should reside.

Saxon, and reaching out a long sinewy arm he seized the loquacious clerk by the lappet of his gown, and shook him until his long sword clattered again.

Sulu said, punching an octal code into his programmer with rapid strokes of his sinewy fingers.

Her cry of despair was cut off as Rud sprang forward, one hard, sinewy arm catching her about the rib cage.

Tall, sinewy works, these statues in metalline crystals rose many miles into the hot air, filling it with grace and strange, almost startling beauty.

The shuttlecraft banked around the sinewy appendage, and they swiveled in their seats to see a gigantic mollusk lumber to the surface and roll lazily in the sun.

Dysart had said Cornelius was older than his contemporaries at Breakspear and this man did indeed look nearer fifty than forty, unruly iron-grey hair framing a gaunt high-boned face, the brow hooded enough and the nose sufficiently hooked to add a sinewy hint of predacity to his relaxed and smiling features.

As she approached his prone figure covered by nothing but the narrow strip of his black Speedo, her own eyes were focused with equal intensity on the spare, sinewy lines of his body.

Out of a trough up in the Alleghany Mountains--one of those troughs occupied by the sinewy Scotch-Irish pioneers who first, after the French, as you will recall, crept down into the great valley--there journeyed one day, a century after Celoron, a young man on horseback.

Of this she was positive, as she saw the lithe, sinewy form of a panther glide noiselessly from the jungle at the point at which the apes had emerged but a moment before.