Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire. [1913 Webster]
Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy; as, a wiry frame or constitution. "A little wiry sergeant of meek demeanor and strong sense." --Dickens. [1913 Webster] He bore his age well, and seemed to retain a wiry vigor and alertness. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurusable-bodied, athletic, brawny, broad-shouldered, burly, capillary, cartilaginous, chewy, cirrose, cirrous, cohesive, coriaceous, durable, fibered, fibroid, fibrous, flagelliform, flossy, funicular, gossamery, gristly, hairlike, hairy, hard, hardy, lasting, leatherlike, leathery, ligamental, muscle-bound, muscular, resistant, ropy, silky, sinewy, stiff, stringy, strong, stubborn, taeniate, taeniform, tenacious, thewy, thickset, threadlike, thready, tough, tough as leather, untiring, vigorous, viscid, well-built, well-knit, well-set, well-set-up
- Rhymes: -aɪəri
Adjectivewiry, wirier, wiriest
- Thin, muscular and flexible.
- Don't fight him. He may be small, but he's wiry.