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Resembling paper, as in thickness or texture.

pa′per·i·ness n.


like paper, esp in thinness, flimsiness, or dryness
ˈpaperiness n


(ˈpeɪ pə ri)

like paper, esp. in being thin or flimsy.
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Adj.1.papery - thin and paperlike; "papery leaves"; "wasps that make nests of papery material"
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"
2.papery - of or like paper


adjective thin, light, flimsy, fragile, lightweight, frail, insubstantial, wafer-thin, paper-thin, paperlike the papery skin of garlic cloves
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[ˈpeɪpərɪ] ADJparecido al papel


adj plaster, pastrybröckelig, krümelig; skinpergamenten


(ˈpeipə) noun
1. the material on which these words are written, made from wood, rags etc and used for writing, printing, wrapping parcels etc. I need paper and a pen to write a letter; (also adjective) a paper bag.
2. a single (often printed or typed) piece of this. There were papers all over his desk.
3. a newspaper. Have you read the paper?
4. a group of questions for a written examination. The Latin paper was very difficult.
5. (in plural) documents proving one's identity, nationality etc. The policeman demanded my papers.
ˈpapery adjective
like paper. papery leaves.
ˈpaperback noun
a book with a paper cover.
paperback novels.
ˈpaper-clip noun
a small, usually metal clip for holding papers together. She attached her note to the papers with a paper-clip.
ˈpaper-knife noun
a knife used for opening envelopes etc.
paper sculpture
the art of modelling with folded paper.
ˈpaperweight noun
a small, heavy object which can be put on top of pieces of paper to keep them in place, also used as an ornament.
ˈpaperwork noun
the part of a job which consists of keeping files, writing letters etc. I spend most of my time on paperwork.
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Instead of digging into "gravelly ground," in the poem "The Butts" the young hand reaches into the father's suit pockets feeling for butts only to find "Nothing but chaff cocoons,/ A paperiness not known again" until he has to "reach well in beneath" his dying father's "meagre armpit/To lift and sponge him.