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"wiry" in British English

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wiryadjective

uk   /ˈwaɪə.ri/  us   /ˈwaɪr.i/
(of ​people and ​animals) ​thin but ​strong, and often ​able to ​bendeasily: He has a runner's wiry ​frame. Wiry ​hair is ​strong, ​thick, and ​rough to ​touch.
(Definition of wiry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wiry" in American English

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wiryadjective

 us   /ˈwɑɪər·i/
(of a ​person) ​thin but ​strong: He was a wiry man 5 ​feet 10 ​inchestall and ​weighing 145 ​pounds.
If ​hair or ​fur is wiry, it is ​stiff and not ​soft.
(Definition of wiry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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