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wiry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wiry of hair that resembles wire in stiffness "wiry red hair"
    • adj wiry lean and sinewy
    • adj wiry of or relating to wire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wiry Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy; as, a wiry frame or constitution. "A little wiry sergeant of meek demeanor and strong sense.""He bore his age well, and seemed to retain a wiry vigor and alertness."
    • Wiry Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wiry Made of wire; in the form of wire.
    • wiry Resembling wire; especially, tough and flexible; of persons, lean and sinewy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wiry made of, or like, wire: flexible and strong
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also wiery,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wír; Ice. vírr; perh. conn. with L. viriæ, bracelets.

Usage

In literature:

For they were not the fingers of the black nor yet the wiry joints of the general.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
He was thin, but wiry, and at school he had learned the familiar hip-throw that is as old as Cain and Abel.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The nodding red heads bob on wiry, slender stems.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
All the wiry activity seemed to have gone out of him.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
He bent forward, his wiry little frame like a quivering spring controlling the motion.
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale
Thin, wiry, grizzled, he stopped beside him.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
The horses were small, wiry beasts of Tartar breed, and utter strangers to combs and brushes.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
It has the clean, wiry line of a machine drawing, and is done with a steady, practised hand.
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
Grannie, dry and wiry, hardly looked older than Auntie Edie.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
He was small of stature, but wiry and muscular.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
He was small, lean, and wiry, with dark, sharp face and deep-set twinkling eyes.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Wiry and compact, the lion body is shorter than in sphinxes of the usual type.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
We had as guide a slender and wiry individual clad in tarboush and long white robe.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
He was tall and spare, with a swinging, awkward gait, and a wiry, athletic frame.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. VI, June, 1862" by Various
He, too, was a riverman, tough and wiry and small.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
His frame was wiry; his limbs long and straight.
"Young Lion of the Woods" by Thomas Barlow Smith
The wiry and spindling growth of grass and grain crops may indicate too much water.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
Ste was always the tallest of his brothers, and at this time he was singularly lithe and wiry.
"The Story of Baden-Powell" by Harold Begbie
A slim, wiry young female she is, well along in the twenties, I should say.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Silas White was little and wiry and fussy.
"The Adventures of Ann" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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In poetry:

'T is a timid, gentle creature,
And seldom comes in sight;
It has a long and wiry tail,
And eyes both black and bright.
"The Wood-Mouse" by Mary Botham Howitt
For here forlorn and sad I sit,
Within the wiry grate;
And tremble at th' approaching morn,
Which brings impending fate.
"The Mouse's Petition" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
She turned the fading wreath, the rusted cross,
And knelt to coax about the wiry stem.
I see her gentle fingers on the moss
Now it is anguish to remember them.
"Garden-Spot" by Dorothy Parker
The wiry rose-trees scratch the window-pane;
The window rattles loud;
The wind beats at the door,
But never gets an answer back again,
The silence is so proud.
"The House Of Youth" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Degged with dew, dappled with dew,
Are the groins of the braes that the brook treads through,
Wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern,
And the beadbonny ash that sits over the burn.
"Inversnaid" by Govinda Krishna Chettur
Hark! and you may not hear
A sound less soothing than the rustle cool
Of swaying leaves, the steady wiry drone
Of unseen crickets, sudden chirpings clear
Of happy birds, the tinkle of the pool,
Chafed by a single stone.
"Afternoon" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Joyce Tarnow 's a weird combo: a wiry, gray-haired mother of three who's a feminist, an environmentalist, and slightly wacko about population growth.
He's a fellow on the wiry side, yet he appears very professional in his khakis, button-down shirt and mechanic's apron.
It's a few seconds after Colin Farrell's second big fight scene as comic-book nemesis Bullseye in Daredevil when a wiry, average-sized figure rises and leaves the screening room.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.-Monstrous prints of dark wiry matter and airborne images on handmade paper will command the Art Association's gallery next month in a museum-quality exhibit by Michele Oka Doner that is not to be missed.
With King Arthur's DNA swirling in his wiry little body, it's only natural that six-year-old Henry Alfred Grummorson would want to go on a monster-battling quest.
With King Arthur 's DNA swirling in his wiry little body, it's only natural that six-year-old Henry Alfred Grummorson would want to go on a monster-battling quest.
Ang Lee, director of a certain martial-arts adventure, pounces on Life of Pi, the mystical tale based on Yann Martel's novel of a wiry Bengal tiger and a wary adolescent adrift in a lifeboat .
On a windy, cold Friday night in Southwest Washington, a mostly bald middle-aged man and a young, wiry, slight younger man came out of the Arena Stage doors, dwarfed by the glass and wood edifice.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (CNN) — When I first met the wiry-looking fellow, I had no idea he was a musical genius.
These are large gangs of wiry young men.
Ted, a wiry, hyper, curly haired man worked as a commodities broker.
I happen to wear a pretty terrific wiry coat myself.
Rick is about as big and wiry an ex-Marine as you'll find this side of Iwo Jima.
George McClure saw Roddy Peters in an open gym before his sophomore season and knew the wiry point guard was a Division I player.
I've got wiry hair and big, dark eyes.
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