adjective, plum·i·er, plum·i·est.

having plumes or feathers.
adorned with a plume or plumes: a plumy helmet.
plumelike or feathery.

Origin of plumy

First recorded in 1575–85; plume + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plumy

Historical Examples of plumy

  • The dark, plumy foliage of the china trees was getting a golden edge.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • Surprised, the skunk raised his plumy tail like a flag of battle.

  • His plumy tail, with a fringe of white hairs, is as airy as thistledown.

  • In a slow, stately fashion, these swayed their tall, plumy tops.

    Fighting the Sea

    Edward A. Rand

  • But it was the plumy tail of the sheep dog, who was lying there with the Lubber-fiend.

British Dictionary definitions for plumy


adjective plumier or plumiest

plumelike; feathery
consisting of, covered with, or adorned with feathers
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