corkier; corkiest
1
: resembling cork
2
: having an unpleasant odor and taste (as from a tainted cork)
corky wine
corkiness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Those structures usually have a bark covering, which is built up from a corky material. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 19 Mar. 2021 Normally, human spotters walk citrus groves looking for leaves with tell-tale green-and-yellow blotches, yellow shoots or corky leaf veins. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020 Fruit may form a layer of corky tissue or be russeted if exposed to cold when young. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corky was in 1756

Dictionary Entries Near corky

Cite this Entry

“Corky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corky. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

corkier; corkiest
: resembling cork especially in dry porous quality
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