"leather" Definition

Definitions for the word "leather" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
The skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed for use; also, dressed hides, collectively.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
2. n.
The skin.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
3. v. t.
To beat, as with a thong of leather.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
4. n.
1 material made from the skin of an animal by tanning etc. 2 piece of leather for polishing with. 3 leather part(s) of a thing. 4 slang cricket-ball or football. 5 (in pl.) Leather clothes. v. 1 beat, thrash. 2 cover with leather. 3 polish or wipe with a leather. [old english]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
5. slang
to beat or thrash. Probably from allusion to the skin, which is often called LEATHER. Some think the term is from the LEATHER belts worn by soldiers, which are often used as weapons in street rows. Most likely from there being “nothing like LEATHER” with which to administer a thrashing.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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