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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.
References in classic literature ?
I turned back the papery triangular sheaths that protected the berries and ate a few.
As I kicked along, I disturbed large grasshoppers that bounced off my bare knees, their touch dry and papery.
Hornets build communal nests by chewing wood to make a papery pulp.
Paradoxically, Ferragamo's master craftsmanship is applied to sporty outerwear, bringing structure and gravitas to papery leather pieces defined by their lightness and agility.
Cut the neck back, to within 15cm, and take any loose papery scales off the outside.
They have a light papery husk that needs to be removed before you eat them.
After that, they'll get limp and papery thin and will begin to disintegrate.
Though their papery flowers with pale yellow and maroon petals are charming, gardeners treasure them most for their perfume - especially as they give out their scent at the low ebb of the season.
cloves, let the papery tissue rustle and leap aside, and here we are,
Remove as much of the papery covering of a whole garlic head as possible, without breaking up the garlic cloves from the head.
When the papery bracts fade, we deadhead our plants, something we do not do with other astrantias.
Tiny flowers can be seen dancing on the end of fine filaments - the whole bouquet surrounded by papery bracts.