VIDEO FOR DOWN

WATCH NOW: What Were Your Favorite Words To Use In The '00s?

The aughts (the early 2000s) was a special time of boy bands, Raven Simone, and fun slang. What was your favorite word to use during this time?

MORE VIDEOS FROM DICTIONARY.COM

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Idioms for down

Origin of down

1
First recordedbefore 1100; Middle English doune, Old English dūne, shortening of adūne for of dūne “off (the) hill”; see origin at a-2, down3

OTHER WORDS FROM down

un·downed, adjective

Definition for down (2 of 4)

down2
[ doun ]
/ daʊn /

noun

the soft, first plumage of many young birds.
the soft under plumage of birds as distinct from the contour feathers.
the under plumage of some birds, as geese and ducks, used for filling in quilts, clothing, etc., chiefly for warmth.
a growth of soft, fine hair or the like.
Botany.
  1. a fine, soft pubescence on plants and some fruits.
  2. the light, feathery pappus or coma on seeds by which they are borne on the wind, as on the dandelion and thistle.

adjective

filled with down: a down jacket.

Origin of down

2
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English downe, from Old Norse dūnn; akin to Sanskrit dhūmá- “smoke,” Greek thȳmós “soul, breath, spirit,” Latin fūmus “smoke,” Lithuanian dū́mai “smoke,” Slavic (Polish) dym “smoke”

OTHER WORDS FROM down

downless, adjectivedownlike, adjective

Definition for down (3 of 4)

down3
[ doun ]
/ daʊn /

noun

Often downs. (used especially in southern England) open, rolling, upland country with fairly smooth slopes usually covered with grass.
(initial capital letter) any sheep of several breeds, raised originally in the downs of southern England, as the Southdown, Suffolk, etc.
Archaic. a hill, especially a sand hill or dune.

Origin of down

3
First recorded before 1000; Middle English dun, dune “hill, elevation,” Old English dūn “mountain, hill, down”; cognate with Dutch duin “mound, dune,” akin to Irish, Old Irish dún “citadel, fortress”; see origin at dune, town

Definition for down (4 of 4)

Down
[ doun ]
/ daʊn /

noun

a county in SW Northern Ireland. 952 sq. mi. (2,466 sq. km). County seat: Downpatrick.
an administrative district in this county. 253 sq. mi. (654 sq. km).
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for down

British Dictionary definitions for down (1 of 5)

Word Origin for down

Old English dūne, short for adūne, variant of of dūne, literally: from the hill, from of, off + dūn hill; see down 3

British Dictionary definitions for down (2 of 5)

down2
/ (daʊn) /

noun

the soft fine feathers with free barbs that cover the body of a bird and prevent loss of heat. In the adult they lie beneath and between the contour feathers
another name for eiderdown (def. 1)
botany a fine coating of soft hairs, as on certain leaves, fruits, and seeds
any growth or coating of soft fine hair, such as that on the human face

Word Origin for down

C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse dūnn

British Dictionary definitions for down (3 of 5)

down3
/ (daʊn) /

noun

archaic a hill, esp a sand duneSee also downs (def. 1), Downs (def. 1)

Word Origin for down

Old English dūn; related to Old Frisian dūne, Old Saxon dūna hill, Old Irish dūn fortress, Greek this sandbank; see dune, town

British Dictionary definitions for down (4 of 5)

Down1
/ (daʊn) /

noun

a district of SE Northern Ireland, in Co Down. Pop: 65 195 (2003 est). Area: 649 sq km (250 sq miles)
a historical county of SE Northern Ireland, on the Irish Sea: generally hilly, rising to the Mountains of Mourne: in 1973 it was replaced for administrative purposes by the districts of Ards, Banbridge, Castlereagh, Down, Newry and Mourne, North Down, and part of Lisburn. Area: 2466 sq km (952 sq miles)

British Dictionary definitions for down (5 of 5)

Down2
/ (daʊn) /

noun

any of various lowland breeds of sheep, typically of stocky build and having dense close wool, originating from various parts of southern England, such as Oxford, Hampshire, etcSee also Dorset Down
another name for Hampshire Down
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with down

down

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.