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[flesh-ee] /ˈflɛʃ i/
adjective, fleshier, fleshiest.
having much flesh; plump; fat.
consisting of or resembling flesh.
Botany. consisting of fleshlike substance; pulpy, as a fruit; thick and tender, as a succulent leaf.
Origin of fleshy
1325-75; Middle English; see flesh, -y1
Related forms
fleshily, adjective
fleshiness, noun
Can be confused
fleshly, fleshy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fleshy
  • It's pink and fleshy-looking, as if it hasn't quite fully healed.
  • As these fleshy fruits ripen, their alcohol levels naturally increase.
  • In humans, the third eyelid has been reduced to a rudimentary fleshy bump in the inner corner of the eye.
  • And it is easy to extract fresh water from some larger, fleshy ones.
  • Figs are fleshy and richly sweet, with delicately crunchy seeds encased in tender skin.
  • It grows from a deep, fleshy taproot and spreads by windborne seeds.
  • Its fleshy gray-green leaves are densely spotted with brownish-purple blotches.
  • Damage to those big, bold, fleshy leaves is highly visible.
  • Oriental poppy grows from a fleshy taproot and is not a good candidate for dividing.
  • Tapered pale green leaves bordered in red are smooth, fleshy, and thornless.
British Dictionary definitions for fleshy


adjective fleshier, fleshiest
fat; plump
related to or resembling flesh
(botany) (of some fruits, leaves, etc) thick and pulpy
Derived Forms
fleshiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fleshy

"plump," mid-14c., from flesh (n.) + -y (2). Related: Fleshiness.

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