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[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
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  • His face was brown and leathery, too, and it was puckered and sour.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • The pileus is fleshy, leathery or membranaceous, and usually cushion-formed.

  • The leathery leaves are more or less oval, two or three inches long, with toothed edges and hairy stalks.

  • Their skin is tanned to a leathery hue, and is of a texture akin to hide.

  • Mrs. O'Shanaghgan gave her a cold stare, and helped herself languidly to a small snippet of leathery toast.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for leathery


having the appearance or texture of leather, esp in toughness
Derived Forms
leatheriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leathery

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

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