Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

downy

play
adjective \ˈdau̇-nē\

Simple Definition of downy

  • —used to describe small, soft feathers or something that resembles such feathers

  • : covered or filled with small, soft feathers or something like them

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of downy

downier

downiest

  1. 1 :  resembling a bird's down

  2. 2 :  covered with down

  3. 3 :  made of down

  4. 4 :  soft, soothing

Examples of downy in a sentence

  1. <the downy surface of a ripe peach>



1578

First Known Use of downy

1578

Rhymes with downy


DOWNY Defined for Kids

downy

play
adjective \ˈdau̇-nē\

Definition of downy for Students

downier

downiest

  1. 1 :  like small soft feathers <The flower has downy petals.>

  2. 2 :  covered or filled with small soft feathers or hairs <downy chicks>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up downy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

melancholy frenetic philistine lazy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ