leath·​ery | \ ˈle-t͟hə-rē How to pronounce leathery (audio) , 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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Scaly, spiny and snaggletoothed, soaring through the sky on leathery wings. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: Third film soars with extraordinary visuals," 20 Feb. 2019 The Headphones cups are made of an unspecified faux-leathery material, and felt comfortable if not a bit snug. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Headphones: tune out the outside world to focus," 3 Oct. 2018 Countertops are black granite with a thermal finish, which gives it a bit of a leathery feel, Mr. Lehman noted, with the island sink part of the same block of granite. Stacey Altherr, WSJ, "Inside the Kitchens of America’s Most-Expensive Homes," 19 Nov. 2018 The full camera, with its leathery neck exposed, resembles an old projector or a camera from the 1900s. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce leathery (audio) \

Kids Definition of leathery

: like leather leathery skin

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food or victuals

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