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wir·y

 (wīr′ē)
adj. wir·i·er, wir·i·est
1. Of or relating to wire.
2. Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness: wiry red hair.
3. Sinewy and lean: He had a wiry build.
4. Produced by or as if by wire being vibrated. Used of sounds: a wiry tone.

wir′i·ly adv.
wir′i·ness n.
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wiry

(ˈwaɪərɪ)
adj, wirier or wiriest
1. (of people or animals) slender but strong in constitution
2. made of or resembling wire, esp in stiffness: wiry hair.
3. (General Physics) (of a sound) produced by or as if by a vibrating wire
ˈwirily adv
ˈwiriness n
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wir•y

(ˈwaɪər i)

adj. wir•i•er, wir•i•est.
1. made of wire.
2. resembling wire, as in form, stiffness, etc.
3. lean and sinewy: a wiry little person.
4. produced by or resembling the sound of a vibrating wire: wiry tones.
[1580–90]
wir′i•ly, adv.
wir′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wiry - lean and sinewy
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
2.wiry - of or relating to wire
3.wiry - of hair that resembles wire in stiffness; "wiry red hair"
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"
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wiry

adjective
1. lean, strong, tough, thin, spare, skinny, stringy, sinewy a wiry and athletic young man
lean fat, weak, frail, feeble, fleshy, puny, flabby, spineless, podgy
2. stiff, rough, coarse, curly, kinky, bristly wiry black hair
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Translations
نَحيل، شَبيه بالسِّلْك
sejsenet
szívós és izmos
grannholda og sterklegur
prakaulus
stiegrains
šľachovitý
sırım gibi

wiry

[ˈwaɪərɪ] ADJ (wirier (compar) (wiriest (superl))) [person, animal, build] → enjuto y fuerte; [hair] → áspero, tieso; [hand] → nervudo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

wiry

[ˈwaɪəri] adj
[person, body, build] → sec(sèche)
(= coarse) [hair, grass] → dru(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

wiry

adj (+er)
(= coarse)drahtig; hair alsoborstig
(= thin) framedrahtig
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wiry

[ˈwaɪərɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (person) → asciutto/a e muscoloso/a; (hair) → ispido/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

wiry

(ˈwaiəri) adjective
(of a person, his body etc) slim but strong.
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References in classic literature ?
"Hoorray!" shouted a small lithe fellow called Wiry Ben, running forward and seizing the door.
But you're wiry. I don't know but the wiry ones are the best after all.
As he walked about the platform in his high-heeled boots, looking for our trunks, I saw that he was a rather slight man, quick and wiry, and light on his feet.
As the blow fell the wiry Frenchman clicked his heels together, and throwing down his foil, he stood erect and rigid as a marble statue before his master.
always contented!" She took Edna's hand between her strong wiry fingers, holding it loosely without warmth, and executing a sort of double theme upon the back and palm.
It was not so much that he had grown older; for though the traces of advancing life were visible he bore his age well, and seemed to retain a wiry vigour and alertness.
He was rather thin with living on moor grass but he was as tough and wiry as if the muscle in his little legs had been made of steel springs.
Master Tom Bloomfield was a well-grown boy of seven, with a somewhat wiry frame, flaxen hair, blue eyes, small turned-up nose, and fair complexion.
On such occasions Mugambi, mounted upon a wiry Arab, had ridden close at her horse's heels.
As she advanced toward him along the road, he remarked that she was a small wiry active woman--dressed in bright colors, combined with a deplorable want of taste.
First came Black Simon with his banner, bestriding a lean and powerful dapple-gray charger, as hard and wiry and warwise as himself.
It was perhaps not very unreasonable to suspect from what had already passed, that Mr Swiveller was not quite recovered from the effects of the powerful sunlight to which he had made allusion; but if no such suspicion had been awakened by his speech, his wiry hair, dull eyes, and sallow face would still have been strong witnesses against him.