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[puhl-pee] /ˈpʌl pi/
adjective, pulpier, pulpiest.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling pulp; fleshy or soft.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling magazines or books considered pulp; sensationalistic; trashy.
Origin of pulpy
First recorded in 1585-95; pulp + -y1
Related forms
pulpily, adverb
pulpiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Being on the outside of the folded paper, it had rubbed to a pulpy blur.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Upon removing this nap, a buff-colored, pulpy substance was found.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • She loved its subdued light and the pulpy cushions on the sofa.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • Crawling into his cab he sank into a pulpy mound, partially closing his eyes.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • When he observed me he pointed to pulpy book-pages that floated about.

  • In another two minutes we were all three sucking the pulpy fruit.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for pulpy


adjective pulpier, pulpiest
having a soft or soggy consistency
Derived Forms
pulpily, adverb
pulpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pulpy

1590s, from pulp (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pulpiness.

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