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

  • adj. Consisting of, resembling, or containing strings or a string.
  • adj. Slender and sinewy; wiry.
  • adj. Forming strings, as a viscous liquid; ropy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Comprised of, or resembling, string or strings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of strings, or small threads; fibrous; filamentous.
  • adj. Capable of being drawn into a string, as a glutinous substance; ropy; viscid; gluely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of strings or small threads; fibrous; filamentous: as, a stringy root.
  • Ropy; viscid; gluey; that may be drawn into a thread.
  • Sinewy; wiry.
  • Marked by thread-like flaws on the surface: as, stringy glass; stringy marble.
  • Said of cotton that is imperfectly scutched.

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

  • adj. lean and sinewy
  • adj. (of meat) full of sinews; especially impossible to chew
  • adj. consisting of or containing string or strings
  • adj. forming viscous or glutinous threads


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