Synonyms of 'strained'
- stretch, distend, draw tight, tauten, tighten
- overexert, injure, overtax, overwork, pull, sprain, tax, tear, twist, wrench
- strive, bend over backwards (informal), endeavor, give it one's best shot (informal), go for it (informal), knock oneself out (informal), labor, struggle
- sieve, filter, purify, sift
Thesaurus for strained from the Collins American English Thesaurus
If someone's appearance , voice , or behaviour is strained , they seem worried and nervous .