muscular
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈmʌs.kjə.lə/, /ˈmʌs.kjʊ.lə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmʌs.kjə.lɚ/, /ˈmʌs.kju.lɚ/
Adjective

muscular

  1. Of, relating to, or connected with muscles.
    • 1912 February–July, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “Under the Moons of Mars”, in The All-Story, New York, N.Y.: Frank A. Munsey Co., OCLC 17392886 ↗; republished as “The Escape of the Dead”, in A Princess of Mars, Chicago, Ill.: A[lexander] C[aldwell] McClurg & Co., 1917, OCLC 419578288 ↗, page 18 ↗:
      It was an effort of the mind, of the will, of the nerves; not muscular, for I could not move even so much as my little finger, but none the less mighty for all that.
  2. Brawny, thewy, having strength.
    Synonyms: athletic, beefy, brawny, husky, lusty, muscled, muscly, powerful, strapping, strong
    • 1843 December 18, Charles Dickens, “Stave Two. The First of the Three Spirits.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 55746801 ↗, page 43 ↗:
      It was a strange figure—like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, [...] The arms were very long and muscular; the hands the same, as if its hold were of uncommon strength.
  3. Having large, well-developed muscles.
    Synonyms: beefy, brawny, buff, husky, musclebound, muscled, muscly, powerfully built, swole, well-built
  4. (figurative) Robust, strong.
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