downy

[dou-nee]

adjective, down·i·er, down·i·est.

of the nature of or resembling down; fluffy; soft.
made of down.
covered with down.
soft; soothing.

Nearby words

  1. downwardly,
  2. downwards,
  3. downwash,
  4. downwelling,
  5. downwind,
  6. downy mildew,
  7. downy woodpecker,
  8. downzone,
  9. dowry,
  10. dowsabel

Origin of downy

First recorded in 1540–50; down2 + -y1

Related formsdown·i·ly, adverbdown·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for downy

downy

adjective downier or downiest

covered with soft fine hair or feathers
light, soft, and fluffy
made from or filled with down
resembling downs; undulating
British slang sharp-witted; knowing
Derived Formsdowniness, noun

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Word Origin and History for downy

downy

adj.

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

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