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adjective, stretch·i·er, stretch·i·est.
  1. having a tendency to stretch, especially excessively or unduly.
  2. capable of being stretched; elastic.
  3. (especially of a pig) having a long body.

Origin of stretchy

First recorded in 1850–55; stretch + -y1
Related formsstretch·i·ness, noun
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  • Taking title from the current name of its chieftain, it was popularly known as the Stretchy Gorman gang.

  • A day came, though, when the protection under which the Stretchy Gormans had flourished ceased to protect.

  • The man who was called Stretchy Gorman spoke a prophetic word when he said the police had nothing on him.

  • Now Stretchy Gorman had no character to speak of; so therein the accusation appeared faulty.

  • A tiny loop is left at each row in turning, as stockinet is a stretchy material.

British Dictionary definitions for stretchy


adjective stretchier or stretchiest
  1. characterized by elasticity
Derived Formsstretchiness, noun
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