Synonyms for (adjective) strained

Synonyms: strained, agonistic

Definition: struggling for effect

Usage: agonistic poses

Similar words: affected, unnatural

Definition: speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression


Synonyms: constrained, forced, strained

Definition: lacking spontaneity; not natural

Usage: a constrained smile; forced heartiness; a strained smile

Similar words: affected, unnatural

Definition: speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression


Synonyms: strained, labored, laboured

Definition: lacking natural ease

Usage: a labored style of debating

Similar words: awkward

Definition: lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance

Usage: an awkward dancer; an awkward gesture; too awkward with a needle to make her own clothes; his clumsy fingers produced an awkward knot


Synonyms: strained

Definition: showing signs of mental and emotional tension

Usage: her voice was strained as she asked the question

Similar words: tense

Definition: in or of a state of physical or nervous tension