from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling paper, as in thickness or texture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like paper; having the thinness and consistency of paper; having the appearance or texture of paper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like paper; having the thinness or consistency of paper.

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  • adjective being like paper

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or like paper
  • adjective thin and paperlike


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  • Close to her, very meek under her sheltering wing, were Sarah and Mary, the housemaids – very gay in papery silks, pink and green, with much adornment of wide yellow lace.

    Mates at Billabong 1911

  • They range from a species of lichen and a plant called a papery whitlow wort, neither of which is hardly more than an inch or two high, to lovely purple-flowered scrub blazing star or the fragrant scrub mint with its delicate, orchid-like blossoms that are hard to miss in the landscape when they're in bloom.

    Local News from The Lakeland Ledger 2009

  • As I sit here, today, trying on my new editorial hat, thinking up more orders to shout at Gary, I fancy myself in charge of the glossy New Yorker or the "papery" Le Monde.

    French Word-A-Day: 2009

  • Those mushrooms are new to me here, kind of papery, I will have to try that poof.

    I Call Your Name « Fairegarden 2008

  • Gleaming in high light under an equally light sky, they huddle almost one on top of the other, built upon every available square yard inside the "papery" old city wall, which looks as if cannon would blow it away.

    In the Tail of the Peacock Isabel Savory

  • Witt, a profound theologian and courtly gentleman; and the Rev.Dr. William C. Brownlee, with his vigorous Scotch accent, preaching against what he invariably called "papery" (popery), and recalling, as he did,

    As I Remember Recollections of American Society during the Nineteenth Century Marian Gouverneur

  • "She hasn't changed much, though; fallen away a little; her red cheeks have turned to a kind of papery white; her mouth has grown thin and

    The Old Homestead Ann S. Stephens

  • In a few minutes my breast was flat, the skin almost papery.

    The Bird House Kelly Simmons 2011

  • “Yes,” she said in a papery voice before going back to her muttering chant.

    Crimson Wind Diana Pharaoh Francis 2011

  • I felt papery bandages crinkle underneath the cotton.

    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf Molly Harper 2011


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