cot·​tony | \ ˈkät-nē How to pronounce cottony (audio) , ˈkä-tᵊn-ē \

Definition of cottony

: resembling cotton in appearance or character: such as
a : covered with hairs or pubescence
b : soft

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Examples of cottony in a Sentence

The toys are stuffed with a cottony material. The flowers are small and cottony.
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First Known Use of cottony

1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Cottony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cottony

: like cotton : soft, fluffy, or covered with small soft hairs

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