rub·​bery | \ ˈrə-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce rubbery (audio) \

Definition of rubbery

: resembling rubber (as in elasticity, consistency, or texture) rubbery legs rubbery cheese

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Examples of rubbery in a Sentence

The hard-boiled eggs were tough and rubbery. Her legs were rubbery when she stepped off the roller coaster.
Recent Examples on the Web Our thoughts: This little bird was pretty fatty and despite the large amount of liquid in the tray, the skin was rubbery and the wings were dry and had a waxy texture. cleveland, "Best rotisserie chicken? We clucked our way through 8 grocery stores: Taste test results," 19 Mar. 2021 They are made from plastic materials that are rubbery and soft. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Lawn Darts Set for Kids," 5 Mar. 2021 The results of this brutal approach, without fail, will be rubbery whites and chalky yolks with an unpleasant green rim that happens when hydrogen in the egg white bonds with sulfur in the yolk at high temperatures. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "The best way to boil eggs so they're easy to peel: your guide to which methods work and which are myths," 22 Mar. 2021 Who doesn’t remember their first plastic egg of Silly Putty and all the fun things that pliable, rubbery goo could do? Nancy Olson, Forbes, "Silly Putty Turns 71 And Shinola Takes Note," 12 Mar. 2021 The heart’s ventricles were made of rubbery plastic, with a bendable polyester lining; when air was driven between the lining and the plastic, the ventricles contracted and the heart pumped. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How to Build an Artificial Heart," 1 Mar. 2021 Gone are the days of thick rubbery raincoats that trap heat and limit range of motion. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "15 Raincoats You’ll Actually Want To Wear," 25 Feb. 2021 The dough has been turbo-boosted with sugar to rise quickly, and an unctuous sea of cheese and meat has been piled atop rubbery underdone or brittle overdone crusts, sometimes occurring in the same pizza. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inside Naples’ World-Famous Pizza Culture," 20 Feb. 2021 Wings also take well to the smoker, but there’s a caveat: When chicken is smoked low and slow at around 250 degrees, the skin doesn’t get hot enough to tighten, and your end result can produce a rubbery texture. Chuck Blount,, "Super Bowl chicken wings get updated with Asian, Italian flavors," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of rubbery

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rubbery was in 1879

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7 Apr 2021

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“Rubbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rubbery

: similar to rubber
of legs or knees : bending like rubber : weak, shaky, and unstable


rub·​bery | \ ˈrə-bə-rē How to pronounce rubbery (audio) \

Kids Definition of rubbery

: weak, shaky, and unstable After getting off the roller coaster, my legs felt rubbery.

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