downy

[dou-nee]
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Origin of downy

First recorded in 1540–50; down2 + -y1
Related formsdown·i·ly, adverbdown·i·ness, noun
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downy

adjective downier or downiest
  1. covered with soft fine hair or feathers
  2. light, soft, and fluffy
  3. made from or filled with down
  4. resembling downs; undulating
  5. British slang sharp-witted; knowing
Derived Formsdowniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downy
adj.

1570s, from down (n.1) + -y (2).

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