Origin of pinfeather

First recorded in 1765–75; pin + feather Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pin-feather

Historical Examples of pin-feather

  • They start up at the first distant approach of the financier, every plume and pin-feather quivering.

  • Or take a plucked hen and draw roughly the pin-feather scheme as you find it on her body.

    The Spring of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • There is a kind of pin-feather gentility which seems to have a settled aversion to using the terms man and woman.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • The other chickens never would let him raise a pin-feather ter cover his nakedness; they picked on him suthin awful.

British Dictionary definitions for pin-feather


  1. ornithol a feather emerging from the skin and still enclosed in its horny sheath
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Word Origin and History for pin-feather

1775, from pin (n.) + feather (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper