Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

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

  • adjective Consisting of splinters; resembling splinters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having many splinters.
  • adjective Given to splintering.

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

  • adjective resembling or consisting of or embedded with long slender fragments of (especially) wood having sharp points
  • adjective subject to breaking into sharp slender pieces

Etymologies

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splinter +‎ -y

Examples

  • 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,

    Jules Crittenden

  • 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.

    Choker

  • Behind a tall, splintery wooden desk, a girl looked up from a worn paperback and removed a wad of gum from her mouth.

    Side Roads « A Fly in Amber

  • 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.

    There Goes A Light

  • 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.

    Choker

  • There were hurdles, swings, a long monkey bars, and a large fort built with splintery wood and lead pipes.

    Anders: A Brief History

  • 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.

    Choker

  • The rest of the house is in various states of ‘unfinished’ from splintery pine floors to wallpaperless, paintless walls.

    Good Housekeeping: Totally Slobtastic Slackermom Edition | Her Bad Mother

  • And at the heart of it all, the town of Jackson, with its splintery boardwalks and elk-horn sculptures, hilltop spas and gourmet cuisine.

    Jackson Hole

  • 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.

    Choker

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