adjective Date: 14th century 1. full of sinews: as a. tough, stringy <
sinewy meat
b. strong <
sinewy arms
2. marked by the strength of sinews <
a demanding sinewy intelligence — Helen Dudar

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sinewy — [sin′yo͞o ē] adj. 1. of or like sinew; tough; strong 2. having many or large sinews, as a cut of meat 3. having good muscular development [sinewy shoulders] 4. vigorous; powerful; robust [a sinewy style of writing] …   English World dictionary

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  • sinewy — late 14c., from SINEW (Cf. sinew) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sinewy — *muscular, athletic, husky, brawny, burly Analogous words: robust, *healthy, sound: *strong, tough, tenacious, sturdy: nervous, *vigorous, energetic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sinewy — [adj] stringy, tough athletic, brawny, fibrous, firm, hard, leathery, muscular, powerful, strong, sturdy, vigorous; concepts 314,485,489,490 …   New thesaurus

  • sinewy — sinewiness, n. /sin yooh ee/, adj. 1. having strong sinews: a sinewy back. 2. of or like sinews; tough, firm, braided, or resilient: a sinewy rope. 3. having conspicuous sinews; stringy: tough, sinewy meat. 4. vigorous or forceful, as language,… …   Universalium

  • sinewy — [[t]sɪ̱njuːi[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is sinewy has a lean body with strong muscles. A short, sinewy young man... When muscles are exercised often and properly, they keep the arms firm and sinewy. ...his long sinewy hands …   English dictionary

  • sinewy — sin•ew•y [[t]ˈsɪn yu i[/t]] adj. 1) having strong or conspicuous sinews: a sinewy back[/ex] 2) tough; firm: a sinewy rope[/ex] 3) containing many sinews; stringy: tough, sinewy meat[/ex] 4) vigorous or forceful, as language or style • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

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