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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. 2018.
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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
  • It was heavy, rubbery, and elastic, stretching readily as he pulled it.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • Well there's only one answer to that: the rubbery resilience of the surface.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • His head whirled, his arms and legs were suddenly weak and rubbery.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance
  • He tried to stand, but his legs were rubbery and he sat down quickly.

    Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace
  • Its pale foliage had something of the rubbery look of seaweed.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • Dry cheeses are usually harsh, tough and rubbery in texture.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • Hellman glared at him, but made no move toward the rubbery block.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • In the corner, the rubbery block was still giggling to itself.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • The rubbery hands of the autobath were soft and massaged him gently and expertly.

    Tangle Hold F. L. Wallace
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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