downier; downiest
: resembling a bird's down
: covered with down
: made of down

Examples of downy in a Sentence

the downy surface of a ripe peach
Recent Examples on the Web Dreijer sings, their voice coated in a downy, fungal film. Pitchfork, 12 Dec. 2023 The thick sycamore leaf is the toughest, the beech is soft, ruckled, with tiny hairs like a downy skin, whilst the hawthorn is as coarse, textured, and dense as the silver birch is thin and slippery cool. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Oct. 2023 Cashmere Cashmere, an exceptionally soft fiber, is taken from the superfine, downy undercoat of the Kashmir goat. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Sep. 2023 Unlike their parents, whose sleek black-and-white feathers seal their skin against the frigid ocean, chicks’ downy plumage isn’t waterproof. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 But framed by downy keyboards, the lyrics gently hammer. 21. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 This showy plant has origins in the Mediterranean region, and it's prized for its downy leaves, purple blooms, and strong, heady fragrance. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 June 2023 Since their skull is flexible, your little one's downy head has already survived a pretty rough ride with no harm done. Denise Schipani, Parents, 22 June 2023 The large swans, which have eight-foot wingspans and snow-white feathers, require cold, clear, pristine lakes and ponds to breed and brood their downy gray cygnets. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 10 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of downy was in 1551

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Cite this Entry

“Downy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


downier; downiest
: resembling a bird's down
: covered with or made of down

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