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Inherited from Middle English synwy, synewy, synowy (“tendonous”); equivalent to sinew + -y.
sinewy (comparative more sinewy, superlative most sinewy)
- Tough; having strong sinews.
- 1593, [William Shakespeare], Venus and Adonis, London: […] Richard Field, […], →OCLC, [verse 17]; 2nd edition, London: […] Richard Field, […], 1594, →OCLC, lines [97–100]:
- 1885, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, “Of the Wonderful Things the Incomparable Don Quixote Said He Saw in the Profound Cave of Montesinos, the Impossibility and Magnitude of which Cause this Adventure to be Deemed Apocryphal”, in John Ormsby, transl., The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha […] In Four Vols, volume III, London: Smith, Elder & Co. […], →OCLC, part II, page 251:
- His right hand (which seemed to me somewhat hairy and sinewy, a sign of great strength in its owner) lay on the side of his heart; […]
- (figuratively) Having or showing nervous strength.
- (of a person or animal) Possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful.
- c. 1604–1605 (date written), William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene i]:
- Worthy fellows, and like to prove most sinewy swordmen
- 1965 (original), Frank Herbert, Dune, Ace Edition; June 1987, Pennsylvania, page 32:
- Hawat put a sinewy finger beside his eye.
tough; having strong sinews
having nervous strength
possessing physical strength
- WordNet® 3.0. Princeton University. 30 Aug. 2007. 
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