Definition of sinewy in English:



  • 1Consisting of or resembling sinews.

    • ‘The crowd focuses on Wesley Bunch, a tanned, sinewy mountaineer from Jackson with a massive blond afro.’
    • ‘Hanger steak is as good as the one in the Paris outpost, sinewy, briny, and full of brash flavor.’
    • ‘As the sinewy red mass ascended through clear fluid, a bizarre blob formed at the tip, broke loose, and floated upward.’
    • ‘There were gobs of fat and sinewy bits throughout the whole rib cut - it was soooo wrong.’
    • ‘Gage is 6-4,212 pounds, with long, sinewy legs.’
    • ‘It was served like the others with rice, red and green peppers and onions, but the lamb was sinewy.’
    • ‘William could feel the statues pressing into his back, their sinewy shapes slithering against his skin.’
    • ‘There's a sinewy onion strand nestled between them.’
    • ‘Comprised of a long sinewy pull followed by a spry frog kick, the pulldown is a holy moment of shrouded watery silence.’
    • ‘It was described as ' sinewy ' and ' packing a punch ' by the medical writer Galen.’
    • ‘Supporting this sinewy armor plate was a rib cage that seemed to have been designed more for a silverback gorilla than a man.’
    • ‘This is a magnificent top, the hub of four sinewy ridges that radiate from the summit to form the apex of five huge corries.’
    • ‘Then swiftly pulled it through the sinewy cord, laughing triumphantly he held huge severed equine testicle up for Berdan to see!’
    muscular, well muscled, muscly, brawny, well built, powerfully built, burly, strapping, sturdy, rugged, strong, powerful, broad-shouldered, athletic, well knit, muscle-bound, herculean, manly
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or animal) lean and muscular.
      ‘a short, sinewy, sunburnt man’
      figurative ‘the language is spare and sinewy’
      • ‘First, he did his little purr thing, followed by his sinewy arch thing.’
      • ‘He'll bring his sinewy, rhythmic pieces to life on stage with the help of members of the Kalmunity crew.’
      • ‘A spare, sinewy ascetic, he gazes at the crucifix with an emotional intensity unseen in paintings of the early 1470s.’
      • ‘His sinewy body gives him a youthful appearance belying his 56 years.’
      • ‘With the help of two sinewy coolies next to him, he rose to his feet.’
      • ‘Inside, a sinewy, mustachioed fellow is tinkering with one of the machines.’
      • ‘Drinking his orange juice he watches her flick through a Vogue, stopping to examine the androgynous, sinewy form of some teenage model.’
      • ‘He was a small, sinewy man, 67 years old.’
      • ‘Physically, Close seems wrong: she is pointy of face, sinewy of frame.’
      • ‘A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry.’
      • ‘Her body is a mass of contradictions - strong yet frail-looking, sinewy yet delicate.’
      • ‘His thin, sinewy frame is a testimony to his inability to earn a decent wage.’
      • ‘Charlton is looking, in language, for something beyond what he calls "the sinewy slippage of language"'.’
      • ‘The band's 1998 debut Hope Is Important was chock full of sinewy indie-punk riffs.’
      • ‘He plunges into each situation without preamble, then utilizes sinewy, staccato prose to snare our attention.’
      • ‘Rico stretched his arms, sinewy roped muscle rippling beneath the thin, sweaty T-shirt fabric.’
      • ‘Viola was a small, sinewy, speedy hurricane, spewing surprises with every contraction.’
      • ‘She says protection is the fiercest instinct — sinewy, jagged, unpredictable.’
      • ‘The river is brown, sinewy, convulsing like electrically stimulated muscle.’
      • ‘The sinewy first movement, which is the most concise in the whole of Bax's symphonic cycle, packs a powerful punch.’