\ ˈkȯr-kē How to pronounce corky (audio) \
corkier; corkiest

Definition of corky

1 : resembling cork
2 : having an unpleasant odor and taste (as from a tainted cork) corky wine

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Other Words from corky

corkiness \ ˈkȯr-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce corkiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of corky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fruit may form a layer of corky tissue or be russeted if exposed to cold when young. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015

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First Known Use of corky

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Corky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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