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wiry (adj.)

1580s, "made of wire," from wire (n.) + -y (2). As "resembling wire" from 1590s; of persons, "lean, sinewy," by 1808. Related: Wiriness.

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Definitions of wiry from WordNet

wiry (adj.)
lean and sinewy;
Synonyms: stringy
wiry (adj.)
of or relating to wire;
wiry (adj.)
of hair that resembles wire in stiffness;
wiry red hair
From wordnet.princeton.edu