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[strech-ee] /ˈstrɛtʃ i/
adjective, stretchier, stretchiest.
having a tendency to stretch, especially excessively or unduly.
capable of being stretched; elastic.
(especially of a pig) having a long body.
Origin of stretchy
First recorded in 1850-55; stretch + -y1
Related forms
stretchiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Taking title from the current name of its chieftain, it was popularly known as the stretchy Gorman gang.

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    Irvin S. Cobb
  • A day came, though, when the protection under which the stretchy Gormans had flourished ceased to protect.

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

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    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Now stretchy Gorman had no character to speak of; so therein the accusation appeared faulty.

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

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • They all—even the cat-thing—was wearing those shiny, stretchy clo'es.

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • He told himself that in the matter of stretchy Gorman he would be as another Jawbert.

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    Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for stretchy


adjective stretchier, stretchiest
characterized by elasticity
Derived Forms
stretchiness, noun
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