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featherbrain

[feth -er-breyn] /ˈfɛð ərˌbreɪn/
noun
1.
a foolish or giddy person; scatterbrain.
Also, featherhead.
Origin of featherbrain
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; feather + brain
Related forms
featherbrained, adjective
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Examples from the Web for featherbrain
Historical Examples
  • I was always laughing and skipping about like a featherbrain.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • You I can trust; but she is a bit of a featherbrain, and one never knows what may happen.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • France will be prettily governed by a featherbrain, who has such whims.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • She thought, the featherbrain, that she was entering the Leaf-cutters house!

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • That such a revulsion should occur in the nature of a gadabout and featherbrain like this girl, is not unnatural.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for featherbrain

featherbrain

/ˈfɛðəˌbreɪn/
noun
1.
a frivolous or forgetful person
Derived Forms
featherbrained, featherheaded, adjective
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