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adjective, down·i·er, down·i·est.
  1. of the nature of or resembling down; fluffy; soft.
  2. made of down.
  3. covered with down.
  4. soft; soothing.
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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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Related Words for downy

feathery, fleecy, fuzzy, light, silky, soft, woolly, featherlike, plumate, plumose, pubescent, velutinous, velvety

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British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Derived Formsdowniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downy


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

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