Definition of sinewy in US English:



  • 1Consisting of or resembling sinews.

    • ‘Then swiftly pulled it through the sinewy cord, laughing triumphantly he held huge severed equine testicle up for Berdan to see!’
    • ‘It was served like the others with rice, red and green peppers and onions, but the lamb was sinewy.’
    • ‘Gage is 6-4,212 pounds, with long, sinewy legs.’
    • ‘There's a sinewy onion strand nestled between them.’
    • ‘This is a magnificent top, the hub of four sinewy ridges that radiate from the summit to form the apex of five huge corries.’
    • ‘As the sinewy red mass ascended through clear fluid, a bizarre blob formed at the tip, broke loose, and floated upward.’
    • ‘Comprised of a long sinewy pull followed by a spry frog kick, the pulldown is a holy moment of shrouded watery silence.’
    • ‘There were gobs of fat and sinewy bits throughout the whole rib cut - it was soooo wrong.’
    • ‘William could feel the statues pressing into his back, their sinewy shapes slithering against his skin.’
    • ‘Supporting this sinewy armor plate was a rib cage that seemed to have been designed more for a silverback gorilla than a man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was described as ' sinewy ' and ' packing a punch ' by the medical writer Galen.’
    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.’
      • ‘Charlton is looking, in language, for something beyond what he calls "the sinewy slippage of language"'.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry.’
      • ‘She says protection is the fiercest instinct — sinewy, jagged, unpredictable.’
      • ‘He was a small, sinewy man, 67 years old.’
      • ‘Viola was a small, sinewy, speedy hurricane, spewing surprises with every contraction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His thin, sinewy frame is a testimony to his inability to earn a decent wage.’
      • ‘Rico stretched his arms, sinewy roped muscle rippling beneath the thin, sweaty T-shirt fabric.’
      • ‘Inside, a sinewy, mustachioed fellow is tinkering with one of the machines.’
      • ‘Physically, Close seems wrong: she is pointy of face, sinewy of frame.’
      • ‘The sinewy first movement, which is the most concise in the whole of Bax's symphonic cycle, packs a powerful punch.’
      • ‘The river is brown, sinewy, convulsing like electrically stimulated muscle.’
      • ‘Drinking his orange juice he watches her flick through a Vogue, stopping to examine the androgynous, sinewy form of some teenage model.’
      • ‘Her body is a mass of contradictions - strong yet frail-looking, sinewy yet delicate.’