like leather in appearance or texture; tough and flexible.

Origin of leathery

First recorded in 1545–55; leather + -y1
Related formsleath·er·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for leathery

rugged, wrinkled, hardened, rough, strong, tough, coriaceous

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having the appearance or texture of leather, esp in toughness
Derived Formsleatheriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leathery

1550s, from leather + -y (2). Related: Leatheriness.

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