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[ruhb-uh-ree] /ˈrʌb ə ri/
like rubber; elastic; tough.
Origin of rubbery
First recorded in 1905-10; rubber1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for rubbery
Contemporary Examples
  • Leno's face, although it glows with the rubbery health of the often-exfoliated, is falling, and jowls are begging to form.

Historical Examples
  • His head whirled, his arms and legs were suddenly weak and rubbery.

    Equation of Doom Gerald Vance
  • It was heavy, rubbery, and elastic, stretching readily as he pulled it.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • They were milling about, for it was still too soon after the night's chill to sit down or lie on the rubbery red sward.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • Well there's only one answer to that: the rubbery resilience of the surface.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • Reaction set in at once, and his legs felt so rubbery he had to put a hand against the wall for support.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • He tried to stand, but his legs were rubbery and he sat down quickly.

    Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace
  • The rubbery hands of the autobath were soft and massaged him gently and expertly.

    Tangle Hold F. L. Wallace
  • Dry cheeses are usually harsh, tough and rubbery in texture.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • Common name for young, green, cracked, leathery or rubbery low-grade store cheese fit only to bait traps.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for rubbery


having the texture of or resembling rubber, esp in flexibility or toughness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rubbery

1890, from rubber (n.) + -y (2). Related: Rubberiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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