leath·ery | \ˈle-t͟hə-rē, ˈlet͟h-rē\

Definition of leathery 

: resembling, characteristic of, or suggestive of leather a leathery face a leathery aroma

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Synonyms & Antonyms for leathery


chewy, tough



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Examples of leathery in a Sentence

the old farmer's leathery, brown skin the leathery meat served in the cafeteria drove many of us to start bringing our own lunches

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The texture will be creamy and the flavor sweet, with no hint of leathery bitterness that so many find off-putting in eggplant. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 Standing at the base of the tree with the eggs in my hands, feeling their strangely leathery shells with my thumbs. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Lizard Lover" by Christine Vines," 2 June 2018 Only Trump, an old-school media hound who still cares about things like magazine covers and leathery-faced 90s-era TV personalities, has figured it out. Peter Hamby, The Hive, "“That Is What Power Looks Like”: As Trump Prepares for 2020, Democrats Are Losing the Only Fight That Matters," 26 May 2018 Leaves are thick and leathery, 2 to 3 inches wide with spiny margins. Karen Dardick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 In general, slugs and snails like soft, succulent leaves, so consider choosing more plants with leathery, stiff, or aromatic leaves. Kier Holmes, Sunset, "Essential Checklist for Prepping Your Spring Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 The no-convection oven batch was more leathery on the outside, creamy within, and noticeably less browned. Joe Ray, WIRED, "Are Air Fryers Worth It?," 10 May 2018 Here's the basic gist: UVB rays are the rays that burn your skin and lead to skin cancer, while UVA rays are the rays that contribute to aging, leathery-looking skin and wrinkles. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "I Waited 4 Months for This Japanese Skincare Product to Ship to Me and It's Changed My Life," 11 Aug. 2017 This scent is made from pure oud oil and gives off a spicy, leathery scent. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Louis Vuitton Is Creating a Chocolate-Inspired Perfume," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of leathery

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leathery was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of leathery

: looking or feeling like leather


leath·ery | \ˈle-t͟hə-rē \

Kids Definition of leathery

: like leather leathery skin

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