- of or like sinew; tough; strong
- having many or large sinews, as a cut of meat
- having good muscular development: sinewy shoulders
- vigorous; powerful; robust: a sinewy style of writing
Adrian's veins bulge on his sinewy arms during his workouts.
The definition of sinewy is tough, muscular and strong.
An example of sinewy used as an adjective is the phrase sinewy rope which means a tough and strong rope.
- Consisting or full of sinews, as:a. Stringy and tough: a sinewy cut of beef.b. Lean and muscular. See Synonyms at muscular.
- Strong and vigorous: sinewy prose.
- Dreamy: A frothy shoe with a gathered petal embellishment along the T-strap, this open-toe heel features sinewy leather straps and a sleek, three-and-one-quarter heel.
- One was tall and thin, the other dark, shaggy, and sinewy, with a flat nose.
- She.d never noticed how long his nails were or the sinewy strength in his forearms.
- (2) As regards plays, in Marlowe's Tamburlaine Timur is described as tall of stature, straightly fashioned, large of limb, having joints strongly knit, long and sinewy arms, a breadth of shoulders to "bear old Atlas's burden," pale of complexion, and with "amber hair wrapp'd in curls."
- His sleeves were rolled up and his sinewy, hairy, red hands with their short fingers deftly turned the ramrod.