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adjective, glair·i·er, glair·i·est.
  1. of the nature of glair; viscous.
  2. covered with glair.
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Also glair·e·ous [glair-ee-uh s] /ˈglɛər i əs/.

Origin of glairy

First recorded in 1655–65; glair + -y1
Related formsglair·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of glairy

  • And, while we are about it, you know that old Ingres turns me sick with his glairy painting.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • The glairy fluid of colloid carcinoma oozes from the cut surface of the tumor, bathes it, and is to be found in the intestine.

  • The adjective “glairy” is used of substances having the viscous and transparent consistency of the white of an egg.

  • On the surface grows a glairy Alga, which was once all green but now festers in yellow patches and causes a horrible stench.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

  • An automatic in each hand, Stern scrambled to the glairy summit of the fortification.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England