American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made of wire; in the form of wire.
- Resembling wire; especially, tough and flexible; of persons, lean and sinewy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire.
- adj. Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy.
- adj. of hair that resembles wire in stiffness
- adj. lean and sinewy
- adj. of or relating to wire
“The guy was medium height, not young, not old, too solid to be called wiry, too slight to be called heavy.”
“Her figure was one of the few that may correctly be termed wiry, but it was perfect.”
“While stars such as Barry Hall have been ever-present in the powerful Swans teams that have featured in finals in the past six seasons, it was significant that the coach once labelled the wiry Irishman as the club's "most important player".”
“When he had last seen the Archmage before that time before he had gone into training in the Way of the Sasenna -- the old man had had a kind of wiry strength for all his age.”
“Jackie has a kind of wiry build to him so he's bringing a certain energy that I've always thought was appropriate for Freddy, just in his own physicality.”
“Anytime it snows, the mountain guys get kind of wiry and the energy picks up.”
“At Christmas, I jumped back several feet upon sighting his latest purchase displayed on the kitchen counter: An entire leg of acorn-fed Iberian ham—complete with a black hoof and wiry hairs springing off the ankle.”
“Manny, old wiry old punk turned entrepreneur, came in late and left early.”
“Today, a grinning biker by the name of Pat Day does, along with his constant companion, a wiry Jack Russell Terrier he calls“Panhead.””
“Few record-holders embody the spirit of perseverance that marks Vietnam as the wiry Mr. Thiem does.”
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What a -Y does to an otherwise common, dull word
Describing appearance and physique. More quantitative than qualitative/comparative. Can be used to sum a person up one-wordedly. (Still working on the definition of what I want in this list.)
Words - or different usages of words I already knew - that I am learning thanks to Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
See also ofravens' with thanks to Anne Shirley.
Those I've come across and try to keep fresh within my mind.
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