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[ruhb-uh-ree] /ˈrʌb ə ri/
like rubber; elastic; tough.
Origin of rubbery
1905-10; rubber1 + -y1 Unabridged
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  • They then tried to haul it aboard, unintentionally separating the tentacled head from the rubbery tail sheath.
  • The rubbery surface allows the applied mechanical stress of footsteps to produce piezoelectricity.
  • His third was to add rubbery dots that keep the pencils from slipping out of sweaty little hands.
  • Any less salt and the ham would be reduced to a rubbery slab.
  • And they can print objects in multiple materials, such as a plastic remote-control unit with rubbery buttons.
  • But to change the aperture you need to dig out a little case containing rubbery, magnetic rings.
  • In between bones, the rubbery substance that absorbs shock and facilitates movement without injury is cartilage.
  • The rubbery back panel has enough grip that you don't really need to clamp onto the thing while you're reading.
  • At that point, they seemed more chewy and rubbery than crunchy.
  • Obviously, if everyone waits until the checks get rubbery, the chances of avoiding the onrushing debacle are slim.
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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