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muscular

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Synonyms for muscular

  • athletic
  • brawny
  • burly
  • powerful
  • robust
  • sinewy
  • stout
  • strapping
  • sturdy
  • vigorous
  • wiry
  • able-bodied
  • bruising
  • fibrous
  • hefty
  • herculean
  • hulky
  • husky
  • lusty
  • mighty
  • muscled
  • powerhouse
  • pumped up
  • ripped
  • ropy
  • stalwart
  • stringy
  • strong
  • tiger
  • tough
  • well-built
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Antonyms for muscular

  • impotent
  • skinny
  • slight
  • small
  • thin
  • weak
  • delicate
  • flabby
  • infirm
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MUSCULAR

He knew the power in her lean, muscular arms, the strength in her narrow shoulders.

A little, muscular, brown man, with black hair and white teeth.

He had not touched a muscle or a muscular nerve; what then was the nature of these movements?

But Modred was in the pride of youth; muscular and sinewy was the frame of Modred.

Men, she says, maintain their muscular strength by military service.

The induced currents occasioned a muscular tremor in the fingers.

Five feet six inches; broad and muscular, but spare and clean-limbed.

Had I been a courageous or a muscular man I could have struck him.

With a sweep of his muscular arm he swung it open—and gasped!

Power for muscular labor can be furnished only by generous food.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, "pertaining to muscles," from Latin musculus (see muscle (n.)) + -ar. Earlier in same sense was musculous (early 15c.). Meaning "having well-developed muscles" is from 1736. Muscular Christianity (1857) is originally in reference to philosophy of Anglican clergyman and novelist Charles Kingsley (1819-1875). Muscular dystrophy attested from 1886.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MUSCULAR

animal

adjectivebeastlike; carnal
  • beastly
  • bestial
  • bodily
  • brute
  • brutish
  • corporeal
  • earthly
  • earthy
  • feral
  • fleshy
  • mammalian
  • muscular
  • natural
  • physical
  • sensual
  • untamed
  • wild
  • zoological

hardy

adjectivestrong, tough
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