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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wiry \Wir"y\, a. [Written also wiery.] [1913 Webster] 1. Made of wire; like wire; drawn out like wire. [1913 Webster] 2. Capable of endurance; tough; sinewy; as, a wiry frame or constitution. "A little wiry sergeant of meek demeanor and strong sense." --Dickens. [1913 Webster] He bore his age well, and seemed to retain a wiry vigor and alertness. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]