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[strech-ee] /ˈstrɛtʃ i/
adjective, stretchier, stretchiest.
having a tendency to stretch, especially excessively or unduly.
capable of being stretched; elastic.
(especially of a pig) having a long body.
Origin of stretchy
1850-55; stretch + -y1
Related forms
stretchiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough loses its stickiness and becomes smooth and stretchy.
  • The bladder's stretchy walls expand to store the incoming urine until it leaves the body through a tube called the urethra.
  • The elastic tissue becomes tough, and the bladder becomes less stretchy.
  • Knead in the bag until it holds together in once piece and feels slightly stretchy.
  • One common solution is buying boots with a stretchy panel sewn into the upper.
  • Inside the retro-style woven outer casing is a stretchy core around which the conducting wires wrap in a spiral pattern.
  • He is not one of those window-sticking stretchy geckos.
  • The shoe's upper wrapped snugly around my feet, but was stretchy enough to feel supportive rather than restrictive.
  • The fossil dissolved, exposing a flexible, stretchy material and transparent vessels.
  • They have stretchy ligaments in their jaws that allow them to swallow all their food whole.
British Dictionary definitions for stretchy


adjective stretchier, stretchiest
characterized by elasticity
Derived Forms
stretchiness, noun
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