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

Examples of corky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others call them mollydookers or corky dobbers. Sharon Moalem, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2014 Wondering about the medical implications of being born a corky dobber? Sharon Moalem, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2014 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

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Cite this Entry

“Corky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


corkier; corkiest
: resembling cork especially in dry porous quality
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