[ pey-puh-ree ]
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  1. like paper; thin or flimsy: the papery petals of the narcissus.

Origin of papery

First recorded in 1620–30; paper + -y1

Other words from papery

  • pa·per·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby papery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use papery in a sentence

  • The lowest Marsupials as regards the ossicles are the Peramelidae, whose ossicles are of a frail papery consistence.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The small burs have a thin, papery lining, and short, widely-branching spines.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands | Gerrit Parmile Wilder
  • Fruit a fleshy pome, with the cells formed by papery or cartilaginous membranes within juicy flesh.

British Dictionary definitions for papery


/ (ˈpeɪpərɪ) /

  1. like paper, esp in thinness, flimsiness, or dryness

Derived forms of papery

  • paperiness, noun

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