fleshly, fleshy

fleshly, fleshy
Both these words refer to flesh and the body, but they should be distinguished in use. That which is fleshly is "physical," "bodily," "corporeal," or "carnal," "sensual," and "worldly": "His belief in God caused him to give up all fleshly pursuits." Fleshy means "fat," "plump," "having much flesh": "The more she ate, the more fleshy she became." See also fat.

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  • fleshly — See fleshly, fleshy …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • fleshy — See fleshly, fleshy …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • fleshly — fleshy, fleshly The distinction in current use is much the same as between earthy and earthly. Fleshy relates to flesh in its physical sense and means primarily ‘plump, fat’ (e.g. fleshy hands / fleshy fruit), whereas fleshly relates to the… …   Modern English usage

  • fleshy — fleshy, fleshly The distinction in current use is much the same as between earthy and earthly. Fleshy relates to flesh in its physical sense and means primarily ‘plump, fat’ (e.g. fleshy hands / fleshy fruit), whereas fleshly relates to the… …   Modern English usage

  • fleshly — [flesh′lē] adj. fleshlier, fleshliest [ME fleschlich < OE flæsclic: see FLESH & LY1] 1. of the body and its nature; corporeal 2. fond of bodily pleasures; sensual 3. Obs. FLESHY …   English World dictionary

  • fleshly — adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. corporeal, bodily b. of, relating to, or characterized by indulgence of bodily appetites; especially lascivious < fleshly desires > c. not spiritual ; worldly 2. fleshy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fleshly — fleshliness, n. /flesh lee/, adj., fleshlier, fleshliest. 1. of or pertaining to the flesh or body; bodily, corporeal, or physical. 2. carnal; sensual: fleshly pleasures. 3. worldly, rather than spiritual. 4. having a sensuous quality: the… …   Universalium

  • fleshly — flesh•ly [[t]ˈflɛʃ li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est 1) of or pertaining to the flesh or body; corporeal 2) carnal; sensual: fleshly pleasures[/ex] 3) worldly, rather than spiritual 4) fleshy • Etymology: bef. 900 flesh′li•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • fleshly — /ˈflɛʃli/ (say fleshlee) adjective (fleshlier, fleshliest) 1. of or relating to the flesh or body; bodily, corporeal, or physical. 2. carnal; sensual. 3. worldly, rather than spiritual. 4. Obsolete having much flesh; fleshy. –fleshliness, noun …  

  • gross — Synonyms and related words: Adamic, Boeotian, C, Circean, Doric, Rabelaisian, abhorrent, abject, abominable, absolute, adipose, afford, aggregate, all, all embracing, all inclusive, animal, animalistic, arrant, asinine, atrocious, avails, awful,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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