adjective, flesh·i·er, flesh·i·est.

having much flesh; plump; fat.
consisting of or resembling flesh.
Botany. consisting of fleshlike substance; pulpy, as a fruit; thick and tender, as a succulent leaf.

Nearby words

  1. fleshings,
  2. fleshly,
  3. fleshment,
  4. fleshpot,
  5. fleshpots,
  6. fletc,
  7. fletch,
  8. fletcher,
  9. fletcher, john,
  10. fletcher, john gould

Origin of fleshy

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at flesh, -y1

Related formsflesh·i·ly, adjectiveflesh·i·ness, noun

Can be confusedfleshly fleshy

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British Dictionary definitions for fleshy


adjective fleshier or fleshiest

fat; plump
related to or resembling flesh
botany (of some fruits, leaves, etc) thick and pulpy
Derived Formsfleshiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fleshy



"plump," mid-14c., from flesh (n.) + -y (2). Related: Fleshiness.

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