leathery

adjective leath·ery \ ˈle-t͟hə-rē , ˈlet͟h-rē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of leathery

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

Examples of leathery in a Sentence

  1. the old farmer's leathery, brown skin

  2. the leathery meat served in the cafeteria drove many of us to start bringing our own lunches

Recent Examples of leathery from the Web

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First Known Use of leathery

circa 1552

leathery Synonyms

Synonyms
chewy, tough
Antonyms
tender
Related Words
fibrous, gristly, sinewy, stringy; brittle, crunchy, hard; cardboardy
Near Antonyms
mushy, soft

LEATHERY Defined for English Language Learners

leathery

adjective

Definition of leathery for English Language Learners

  • : looking or feeling like leather


LEATHERY Defined for Kids

leathery

adjective leath·ery \ ˈle-t͟hə-rē \

Definition of leathery for Students

: like leather
  • leathery skin


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