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Resembling paper, as in thickness or texture.

pa′per·i·ness n.
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like paper, esp in thinness, flimsiness, or dryness
ˈpaperiness n
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(ˈpeɪ pə ri)

like paper, esp. in being thin or flimsy.
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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
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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
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adj plaster, pastrybröckelig, krümelig; skinpergamenten
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(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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References in classic literature ?
I turned back the papery triangular sheaths that protected the berries and ate a few.
It might have been her pallor (it wasn't pasty nor yet papery) that white face with eyes like blue gleams of fire and lips like red coals.
The damaged area turns yellow and then white and papery. Black mold may also grow.
You need the patience of a saint to scrape the pinkish papery skin off garlic.
IF your onions were attacked by fungus last summer, the diseased spores will have entered the papery scales soon after harvesting.
Wonderful orange red papery bracts surround the developing seed giving it the appearance, and its common name, of a Chinese lantern.
Contrasts in textures are brought to the surface, where a stretch cotton with a crisp papery feel sits alongside waxed cotton jersey, summer linens and a new lightweight tech fabric.
Hornets build communal nests by chewing wood to make a papery pulp. Each nest has a queen that lays eggs.
Paradoxically, Ferragamo's master craftsmanship is applied to sporty outerwear, bringing structure and gravitas to papery leather pieces defined by their lightness and agility.
After that, they'll get limp and papery thin and will begin to disintegrate.
cloves, let the papery tissue rustle and leap aside, and here we are,