9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[leth -uh-ree] /ˈlɛð ə ri/
like leather in appearance or texture; tough and flexible.
Origin of leathery
1545-55; leather + -y1
Related forms
leatheriness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for leathery
  • They have a tough, leathery body that can withstand strong tides and waves.
  • Its long, leathery neck can stretch to the length of a baseball bat or recoil to a wrinkled nub.
  • Geladas are visually striking, with burning eyes and leathery complexions.
  • As for the egg itself, close examination showed that it had a leathery shell.
  • Many start life with feathery leaves and later develop leathery ones.
  • The leathery texture of the leaf complements table linens.
  • Even the over-large mesclun had managed not to get bitter or leathery, as overgrown lettuce is prone to do.
  • Plants such as lotus, ironwood and acacias rely on small leathery leaves to keep water loss to a minimum.
  • Buried beneath the leathery skin of an elephant's foot lies one of anatomy's unappreciated mysteries.
  • He was leathery and bent over, but his arms were roped with muscle.
British Dictionary definitions for leathery


having the appearance or texture of leather, esp in toughness
Derived Forms
leatheriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for leathery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for leathery

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for leathery

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with leathery