like rubber; elastic; tough.

Origin of rubbery

First recorded in 1905–10; rubber1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rubbery

Contemporary Examples of rubbery

  • Leno's face, although it glows with the rubbery health of the often-exfoliated, is falling, and jowls are begging to form.

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    Conan Vs. Jay

    Choire Sicha

    May 2, 2010

Historical Examples of rubbery

  • It was heavy, rubbery, and elastic, stretching readily as he pulled it.

    The Einstein See-Saw

    Miles John Breuer

  • Well there's only one answer to that: the rubbery resilience of the surface.

  • His head whirled, his arms and legs were suddenly weak and rubbery.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance

  • He tried to stand, but his legs were rubbery and he sat down quickly.

    Mezzerow Loves Company

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • Its pale foliage had something of the rubbery look of seaweed.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for rubbery



having the texture of or resembling rubber, esp in flexibility or toughness
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Word Origin and History for rubbery

1890, from rubber (n.) + -y (2). Related: Rubberiness.

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