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[feth -er-breyn] /ˈfɛð ərˌbreɪn/
a foolish or giddy person; scatterbrain.
Also, featherhead.
Origin of featherbrain
First recorded in 1830-40; feather + brain
Related forms
featherbrained, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for featherbrain
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  • You I can trust; but she is a bit of a featherbrain, and one never knows what may happen.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • I was always laughing and skipping about like a featherbrain.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • France will be prettily governed by a featherbrain, who has such whims.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • That such a revulsion should occur in the nature of a gadabout and featherbrain like this girl, is not unnatural.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • She thought, the featherbrain, that she was entering the Leaf-cutters house!

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for featherbrain


a frivolous or forgetful person
Derived Forms
featherbrained, featherheaded, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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