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[feth -uh-ree] /ˈfɛð ə ri/
clothed or covered with feathers; feathered.
resembling feathers; light; airy; unsubstantial:
feathery clouds.
Origin of feathery
First recorded in 1570-80; feather + -y1
Related forms
featheriness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His footfall was a feathery thing that carried him like a shadow to the door.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Outside, the tall elm-tops were hardly to be seen through the feathery storm.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • To his left lay the nest, a mass of feathery grass and mosses.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • They were full of feathery softness and of sudden and spirited scratches.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The design shows a feathery effect, as in embroidery tambour.


    William H. Dooley
  • The stillness beat as before, like a thing with feathery wings.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • "Yonder," said Rose, pointing to a feathery bush not far off.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards

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