Definition of sinewy in US English:



  • 1Consisting of or resembling sinews.

    • ‘The crowd focuses on Wesley Bunch, a tanned, sinewy mountaineer from Jackson with a massive blond afro.’
    • ‘This is a magnificent top, the hub of four sinewy ridges that radiate from the summit to form the apex of five huge corries.’
    • ‘William could feel the statues pressing into his back, their sinewy shapes slithering against his skin.’
    • ‘Gage is 6-4,212 pounds, with long, sinewy legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was served like the others with rice, red and green peppers and onions, but the lamb was sinewy.’
    • ‘Comprised of a long sinewy pull followed by a spry frog kick, the pulldown is a holy moment of shrouded watery silence.’
    • ‘Then swiftly pulled it through the sinewy cord, laughing triumphantly he held huge severed equine testicle up for Berdan to see!’
    • ‘There's a sinewy onion strand nestled between them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hanger steak is as good as the one in the Paris outpost, sinewy, briny, and full of brash flavor.’
    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’
      • ‘He plunges into each situation without preamble, then utilizes sinewy, staccato prose to snare our attention.’
      • ‘Her body is a mass of contradictions - strong yet frail-looking, sinewy yet delicate.’
      • ‘With the help of two sinewy coolies next to him, he rose to his feet.’
      • ‘He'll bring his sinewy, rhythmic pieces to life on stage with the help of members of the Kalmunity crew.’
      • ‘Inside, a sinewy, mustachioed fellow is tinkering with one of the machines.’
      • ‘A spare, sinewy ascetic, he gazes at the crucifix with an emotional intensity unseen in paintings of the early 1470s.’
      • ‘Physically, Close seems wrong: she is pointy of face, sinewy of frame.’
      • ‘The band's 1998 debut Hope Is Important was chock full of sinewy indie-punk riffs.’
      • ‘The river is brown, sinewy, convulsing like electrically stimulated muscle.’
      • ‘He was a small, sinewy man, 67 years old.’
      • ‘She says protection is the fiercest instinct — sinewy, jagged, unpredictable.’
      • ‘The sinewy first movement, which is the most concise in the whole of Bax's symphonic cycle, packs a powerful punch.’
      • ‘Drinking his orange juice he watches her flick through a Vogue, stopping to examine the androgynous, sinewy form of some teenage model.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His sinewy body gives him a youthful appearance belying his 56 years.’
      • ‘A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry.’
      • ‘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"'.’
      • ‘First, he did his little purr thing, followed by his sinewy arch thing.’