From Middle English lether, from Old English leþer (“leather”), from Proto-Germanic *leþrą (“leather”), from Proto-Indo-European *letrom (“leather”). Cognate with West Frisian leare (“leather”), Dutch leder, leer (“leather”), German Leder (“leather”), Swedish läder (“leather”), Icelandic leður (“leather”). The Celtic forms (Welsh lledr, Irish lethar) ultimately derive from the Germanic.
- A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.
- A piece of the above used for polishing.
- (colloquial) A cricket ball or football.
- (plural: leathers) clothing made from the skin of animals, often worn by motorcycle riders.
- (baseball) A good defensive play
- Jones showed good leather to snare that liner.
- (dated, humorous) The skin.
leather (not generally comparable; )
- Made of leather.
- Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.
- To cover with leather.
- To strike forcefully.
- He leathered the ball all the way down the street.