adj. wir·i·er, wir·i·est
1. Of or relating to wire.
2. Resembling wire in form or quality, especially in stiffness: wiry red hair.
3. Sinewy and lean: He had a wiry build.
4. Produced by or as if by wire being vibrated. Used of sounds: a wiry tone.
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