[ feth-er-breyn ]
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  1. a foolish or giddy person; scatterbrain.

Origin of featherbrain

First recorded in 1830–40; feather + brain

Other words from featherbrain

  • feath·er·brained, adjective

Words Nearby featherbrain

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How to use featherbrain in a sentence

  • That such a revulsion should occur in the nature of a gadabout and featherbrain like this girl, is not unnatural.

    Iconoclasts | James Huneker
  • France will be prettily governed by a featherbrain, who has such whims.

    Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
  • She thought, the featherbrain, that she was entering the Leaf-cutters house!

    Insect Adventures | J. Henri Fabre
  • I was always laughing and skipping about like a featherbrain.

    His Masterpiece | Emile Zola
  • You I can trust; but she is a bit of a featherbrain, and one never knows what may happen.

    A True Friend | Adeline Sergeant

British Dictionary definitions for featherbrain



/ (ˈfɛðəˌbreɪn) /

  1. a frivolous or forgetful person

Derived forms of featherbrain

  • featherbrained or featherheaded, adjective

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