from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of rubber.
  • n. rubber overshoes, galoshes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A disease in sheep characterized by heat and itching. Also called scab, shab, or ray.
  • Same as rubber, 4 .


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  • There's a funny scene in The Summer of '42 where teenage boys try to buy rubbers from a suspicious druggist.

    April 2005

  • The pedestrians were sombrely garbed, and went about in "rubbers" -- the most depressing of all articles worn by man.

    The Dwelling Place of Light — Complete

  • "Don't be fooled by English English," advised Columbia: "the accent is like a mouthful of pudding, and when they mean to say the weather is bad they say it is 'nawsty;' they call their rubbers 'galoshes,' their dépôts 'stations,' and when they start on a journey they get their

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • He would fain have carried us first to bathe in the bagnios of the cardin-hawks, which are goodly delicious places, and have us licked over with precious ointments by the alyptes, alias rubbers, as soon as we should come out of the bath.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • "Of course in US that's a contraceptive, they call rubbers erasers, and so the class erupted, 'Eddie wants a rubber!


  • Next in importance to the rubbers are the glass jars you use.

    Every Step in Canning

  • These fields furnish many sorts of bricks, which are called rubbers, and which are employed

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 601, July 9, 1887

  • There is never any breathing space for Scotland, there are no dead rubbers, that is never the case.


  • Charles Goodyear paved the way for mass production of "rubbers" when he patented the vulcanization of rubber in 1843, and they were a mainstay of birth-control efforts until the pill emerged as more dependable and convenient.

    The Birth-Control Riddle

  • Men had the luxury of slipping "rubbers" over their (flat) shoes.



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