Meaning of wiry in English:


adjectivewirier, wiriest

  • 1Resembling wire in form and texture.

    ‘his wiry black hair’
    • ‘He had long, wiry black hair, and a bristly goatee-beard-mustache combination around his lower face.’
    • ‘She settled into her bedroll and ran a slender hand through the mass of wiry black hair atop her head, pulling it back into a ponytail.’
    • ‘His dark eyes sparkled with life and amusement from the mass of black wiry hair that covered his face.’
    • ‘Suds from the soapy sponge he used to clean the floor clung to his sleeves and nestled in his wiry black hair.’
    • ‘The man was a little shorter than him with wiry black hair that was graying at his temples.’
    • ‘She shook her head so hard that a wiry black curl fell into her face, and she hurriedly pushed it behind her ear.’
    • ‘Beneath the table his feet are doing their own private dance, while the wiry hair that crowns his angular, mercurial features is a buzz of static feedback.’
    • ‘Ma Dubois is in her late seventies: old and wrinkled with a blue frock, a Brillo pad of wiry grey hair and a pair of thick horn-rimmed glasses.’
    • ‘Her brown eyes are intelligent and searching and her long wiry dark hair has been cut into a short pixie-style cut and dyed honey brown.’
    • ‘He had dark brown wiry hair, stubble over his lower face and a deep scar under his left eye.’
    • ‘From this angle, they look similar - the hawk nose, the wiry straight hair, the deep-set gray eyes.’
    • ‘At sixty-seven, van Itallie is slight and wiry, with white hair and sharp blue eyes and a manner that is both brusque and warm.’
    • ‘Her wiry gray hair curled from beneath the edges of a blue kerchief and a colorful fringed shawl draped over her shoulders.’
    • ‘He was incredibly short, fat and stocky, with a tuft of balding, wiry hair sticking straight up as if he'd just clambered out of bed.’
    • ‘It shows a woman with a tall, intelligent face, straggly wiry hair and very long fingers held up and covering one eye.’
    • ‘She was pale, late thirties or so, with dark wiry hair spiked straight up in a tall, scary crew cut, and tawny skin.’
    • ‘He had short, wiry brown hair, most of which was covered by the hat he wore.’
    • ‘She looked pretty similar to Amanda, except she had long wiry looking auburn-red hair tied into 2 bunches.’
    • ‘Offering her an encouraging smile, he hurried over to a large man with white hair, and a wiry grey moustache.’
    • ‘Ingrown hairs and razor bumps happen when hair is cut beneath surface level or is wiry or curly.’
    coarse, rough, stiff, tough, strong
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    1. 1.1(of a person) lean, tough, and sinewy.
      ‘Bernadette was a small, wiry woman’
      • ‘I turned around to face him, doing everything I could not to gawk at his lean, wiry figure.’
      • ‘A thin wiry man was sitting at the counter, downing a bottle of beer.’
      • ‘He was a small, spare, wiry man, highly intelligent, with unusual gifts of persuasion and leadership.’
      • ‘His father shakes my hand with an unusually strong grip for a short, wiry man in his seventies.’
      • ‘A diminutive, wiry figure, he sits, smoking roll-ups and nursing a cup of black coffee, in the corner of his ground floor study in north London.’
      • ‘He is wiry, bearded, a life-long mountaineer, skier and runner and one of Scotland's leading endurance riders.’
      • ‘He was wiry but compact, like a spring wound so tight it's ready to pop.’
      • ‘Half an hour later, a fit-looking wiry man with a pleasant smile has joined us.’
      • ‘He was wiry, pleasant looking man with an air of learning about him.’
      • ‘The deputy, who is a small, wiry man with long whiskers that stick out from his face in disarray, turns to look up at the hotel.’
      • ‘The wiry guard cast a suspicious look throughout the room.’
      • ‘The wiry woman released a heaving sigh and motioned towards the small stool.’
      • ‘She was as wiry as a trimmed olive branch, and just as dark.’
      • ‘He stands up, revealing a pair of skimpy black briefs and the wiry body of somebody in their twenties: no fat, no sag, no wrinkles.’
      • ‘He was probably in his mid fifties, with wiry build and silver hair.’
      • ‘Would I ever get to see his tall, wiry frame, blue eyes, dark hair, or friendly smile again?’
      • ‘It parked, and a wiry, balding fellow of about forty got out and stood, hands on hips, observing the site he'd selected.’
      • ‘Joe was slim and wiry, with blue eyes and rather pinched features.’
      • ‘That frail, scrawny, wiry physique of his, observed in a football strip from 50 yards away in a press-box, only told half the story.’
      • ‘One is a wiry, intense Chicagoan, the other a languid, slow-talking Southerner.’
      sinewy, strong, tough, athletic
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