rub·bery | \ˈrə-b(ə-)rē \

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.

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Caprese and beet salads have become ubiquitous and sorry, usually made from out-of-season produce and rubbery cheeses. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Petit Margeaux puts local, modern spin on classic French café fare," 13 Sep. 2017 Using nothing but a dollar-store headband (one of the skinny, rubbery kinds with the grips!), Rasco attached a pack of wipes to the top of a wipes box, effectively freeing up all that space. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Parents Everywhere Are Obsessed With This Mom's Genius Diaper Bag Trick," 17 Apr. 2017 Eggs Benedict, a dish that can so easily end up rubbery and bland, gets loving attention here. Tim Smith,, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 Penhall has since finished the seam-filling work, installing a rubbery waterproofing substance that extends the life of the road. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Contractor herding traffic near fiery I-84 crash had safety plan. Here's what it said," 29 June 2018 By the 1980s, large corporations had absorbed most regional dairies, and much of the nation’s cottage cheese had become a flat-tasting, low-fat commodity with rubbery curds stabilized with starches and gums. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018 The company is installing a rubbery waterproofing material that extends the life of the roadway. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Drivers wonder whether I-84 lane closures contributed to crash that killed 4," 20 June 2018 The music is sumptuously fluid, despite its odd instrumentation: Taxt's rubbery low-end blubbering cradles bits of feedback, organlike drones, metronomic clicking, prepared guitar, and all manner of electronically manipulated scratching and rubbing. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Jenny Hval collaborator Håvard Volden digs deeper into abstract sound in his own projects," 27 Apr. 2018 But any misstep or miscalculation during the preparation process results in something rubbery, bland and unmemorable. Phil Potempa, Post-Tribune, "From the Farm: Lobsters and chefs share decades of a love-hate relationship," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of rubbery

1879, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of rubbery

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

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