Fleshy vs Pulpy - What's the difference?

fleshy | pulpy |

As adjectives the difference between fleshy and pulpy

is that fleshy is of, related to, or resembling flesh while pulpy is having the characteristics of pulp.




  • Of, related to, or resembling flesh.
  • * 1850 , , David Copperfield , ch. 7:
  • Mr. Creakle . . . showed me the cane, and asked me what I thought of THAT? . . . Did it bite? At every question he gave me a fleshy cut with it that made me writhe.
  • * 1901 , , The First Men in the Moon , ch. 8:
  • [O]ver reefs and banks of shining rock, a bristling beard of spiky and fleshy vegetation was straining into view.
  • (of a person) Having considerable flesh.
  • * 1894 , , The Prisoner of Zenda , ch. 3:
  • The King's face was slightly more fleshy than mine, the oval of its contour the least trifle more pronounced.
  • * 1908 , , "The Heathen":
  • He was a large fleshy man, weighing at least two hundred pounds, and he quickly became a faithful representation of a quivering jelly-mountain of fat.
  • * 2009 , Lisa Abend, " Google Earth Takes On the Prado's Masterworks," Time , 15 Jan.:
  • It's hard to imagine why Flemish Renaissance artist Peter Paul Rubens would paint a blemish on the backside of one of the fleshy lovelies meant to represent beauty, charm and good cheer, but there's no denying that single red brushstroke in the midst of his central figure's creamy skin.

    Usage notes

    * is not necessarily negative in connotation (as fat, for example) and may be used to describe men or women.


    * (having considerable flesh) corpulent, full-figured, porky, pudgy, well-covered


    * (having considerable flesh) bony, slender, slim




  • Having the characteristics of pulp
  • the pulpy texture of overripe fruit
  • Having the characteristics of pulp fiction; thus, having a garish focus on sex and violence
  • a pulpy TV thriller

    Derived terms

    * pulpily * pulpiness