lacking natural ease;
"a labored style of debating"
showing signs of mental and emotional tension;
"her voice was strained as she asked the question"
lacking spontaneity; not natural;
"a constrained smile"
"a strained smile"
struggling for effect;
- The relations between them are rather strained.
- A strained, unfamiliar look of embarrassment came over Gatsby's face.
The strained good humour, the jest with dry lips, went on and on.出自： G. Greene
She sat pale and strained, her eyes cast down, saying nothing.出自： M. Frayn
The atmosphere..in Miss Fry's study was strained.出自： V. Glendinning