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1. A sharp, slender piece, as of wood, bone, glass, or metal, split or broken off from a main body.
2. A splinter group.
v. splin·tered, splin·ter·ing, splin·ters
To split or break into sharp, slender pieces; form splinters.
To cause to splinter. See Synonyms at break.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch.]

splin′ter·y adj.


liable to produce or break into splinters
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.splintery - subject to breaking into sharp slender pieces
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"
2.splintery - resembling or consisting of or embedded with long slender fragments of (especially) wood having sharp points; "a rough splintery floor of old pine boards"


References in classic literature ?
When the lift came, his face ground forward, and the splintery wood tore and crushed the skin from nose, lips, and chin; and, face downward, he slipped on and down to the bottom of the boat till his limp middle collapsed across the gunwale and his legs hung down outside.
It was a large room, with a rough splintery floor, unplastered rafters overhead, and two bedsteads on opposite sides.
In unweathered condition splintery, brown-greyish chert; many blocks with one curved, whitish, leached side, possibly fragments of concretions.
But if "Krisha" was a harrowing psychodrama rendered in a splintery John Cassavetes syntax,
His splintery essays and cuspidate book reviews come directly out of the poet-critic tradition.
She dug her fingers deep into the arms and felt the splintery skeleton beneath.
Muscovite (3%) develops laminar colorless individuals (straight and splintery edges), which show excellent exfoliation in one direction and interference colors of third order.
Lithologically it represents varied composition having coarse and fine grained sandstones, limestone, dolomite and compact, splintery and fissile shales [1,2].
Most year before sleepaway camp began, I'd pack my splintery wooden trunk without putting up too much of a fight, but I wasn't exactly counting down the days until the first session began.
A Splintery Box': Race and Gender in the Sonnets of Gwendolyn Brooks.