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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Sophie’s Kitchen uses konjac, a fibrous Asian root vegetable with a rubbery texture, to make its smoked salmon and more popular faux canned tuna, called Toona. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Fish: The Final Frontier in Fake Meat," 15 Oct. 2018 These tall, slender beauties have rubbery leaves and are pretty indestructible. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "11 Houseplants You Barely Have To Water—Ever," 3 Oct. 2018 And Ferrari has ditched the rubbery finish that used to adorn the panel of climate controls; the old finish would wear off, leaving a grubby looking mess in short order. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The GTC4Lusso T is a Ferrari you really could drive every day," 23 July 2018 There were minimalist slip-ons in sleek black-and-white combinations, a sneaker that looked almost like Allbirds but with techier fabric, and a rubbery slide with a millennial pink upper and a translucent red flatform. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Crocs is now targeting teens. Somehow, it’s working.," 1 Nov. 2018 So even though its real fingers are rubbery, Dactyl lacks human understanding about the best grips. Ryan Nakashima, The Seattle Times, "A robotic hand can juggle a cube _ with lots of training," 31 July 2018 Researchers in Germany have developed a robot that is about a seventh of an inch long and looks at first like no more than a tiny strip of something rubbery. James Gorman, New York Times, "This Tiny Robot Walks, Crawls, Jumps and Swims. But It Is Not Alive.," 24 Jan. 2018 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

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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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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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