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adjective, pulp·i·er, pulp·i·est.
  1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling pulp; fleshy or soft.
  2. pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling magazines or books considered pulp; sensationalistic; trashy.
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Origin of pulpy

First recorded in 1585–95; pulp + -y1
Related formspulp·i·ly, adverbpulp·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for pulpy

cushy, downy, flabby, fleshy, gelatinous, mushy, quaggy, spongy, squashy, squishy, yielding, cushiony, doughy, pappy

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Contemporary Examples of pulpy

Historical Examples of pulpy

  • Being on the outside of the folded paper, it had rubbed to a pulpy blur.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Upon removing this nap, a buff-colored, pulpy substance was found.

  • She loved its subdued light and the pulpy cushions on the sofa.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • Crawling into his cab he sank into a pulpy mound, partially closing his eyes.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • When he observed me he pointed to pulpy book-pages that floated about.

British Dictionary definitions for pulpy


adjective pulpier or pulpiest
  1. having a soft or soggy consistency
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Derived Formspulpily, adverbpulpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pulpy


1590s, from pulp (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pulpiness.

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