Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Apt to splinter: as, splintery wood.
- Consisting of or resembling splinters.
- In mineralogy, noting a fracture of minerals when the surface produced by breaking is slightly roughened by small projecting splinters or scales.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Consisting of splinters; resembling splinters.
- adj. resembling or consisting of or embedded with long slender fragments of (especially) wood having sharp points
- adj. subject to breaking into sharp slender pieces
- splinter + -y (Wiktionary)
“If exquisite can be applied to what ensued and the kind of splintery, fiery, bludgeoning death and maiming those Frenchmen, Spaniards and Englishmen met when, as England expected,”
“And at the heart of it all, the town of Jackson, with its splintery boardwalks and elk-horn sculptures, hilltop spas and gourmet cuisine.”
“There were hurdles, swings, a long monkey bars, and a large fort built with splintery wood and lead pipes.”
“The rest of the house is in various states of ‘unfinished’ from splintery pine floors to wallpaperless, paintless walls.”
“Unable to sit still all of a sudden, she jumped up from the blanket and cruised the perimeter of the stall, tracing the splintery old wood with her fingers.”
“Behind a tall, splintery wooden desk, a girl looked up from a worn paperback and removed a wad of gum from her mouth.”
“Other bulbs too, spring bulbs, that smell of earth, everything inside is being replaced by display-case fruit not for eating, marble grapes and frosty, splintery pears.”
“Nor is there much familial relationship between the chunky Quai Branly Museum in Paris and the splintery glass of 100 11th Ave. in New York's Chelsea.”
“When the lift came, his face ground forward, and the splintery wood tore and crushed the skin from nose, lips, and chin; and, face downward, he slipped on and down to the bottom of the boat till his limp middle collapsed across the gunwale and his legs hung down outside.”
“The best lobster rolls are not in any way gourmet, or served in any sort of fancy place -- they are best eaten and served close to the water, ordered from a counter, and eaten either standing up or sitting on some plastic chairs -- or a splintery wooden bench.”
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