from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to wire.
  • adj. Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness: wiry red hair.
  • adj. Sinewy and lean: He had a wiry build.
  • adj. Produced by or as if by wire being vibrated. Used of sounds: a wiry tone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Thin, muscular and flexible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire.
  • adj. Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made of wire; in the form of wire.
  • Resembling wire; especially, tough and flexible; of persons, lean and sinewy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of hair that resembles wire in stiffness
  • adj. lean and sinewy
  • adj. of or relating to wire


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