\ ˈdau̇-nē How to pronounce downy (audio) \
downier; downiest

Definition of downy

1 : resembling a bird's down
2 : covered with down
3 : made of down
4 : soft, soothing

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Examples of downy in a Sentence

the downy surface of a ripe peach
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, less than an hour after the cicadas have begun their crawl up the big maple, a pair of downy woodpeckers, several tree sparrows, and a crow swoop in and start to feast on the smorgasbord. Eric Niiler, Wired, 21 May 2021 The images are a crisp black-and-white, each downy strand of fuzz on each piglet rendered hyper-real and sharp., 5 May 2021 Both the distal tips and the quills at the base are typically overwrapped during the weaving process, with the downy portions exposed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Nov. 2020 Other North American woodpeckers that cache are downy, red-headed, hairy, Lewis, red-bellied, gila, golden-fronted and red-bellied sapsucker. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 Mandeville also teaches them to spot the species of birds in their trees -- from downy woodpeckers to western bluebirds. Amy Chillag, CNN, 18 Nov. 2020 Once an owl has honed in on a victim, the downy feathers on its wings and legs enable it to swoop down without making a sound and grab the animal with strong talons. National Geographic, 31 Oct. 2020 Both vulture species usually lay a clutch of two eggs, with downy hatchlings that look nothing like their parents. René A. Guzman,, 22 Sep. 2020 Available in more than 20 sizes and colors, the ultra-plush piece has a downy 2-inch pile that will automatically add a dose of cozy to any room. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of downy

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Downy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈdau̇-nē How to pronounce downy (audio) \
downier; downiest

Kids Definition of downy

1 : like small soft feathers The flower has downy petals.
2 : covered or filled with small soft feathers or hairs downy chicks

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