\ 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

Examples of downy in a Sentence

the downy surface of a ripe peach
Recent Examples on the Web Keep things interesting with a variety of downy cashmere and wool beanies in every shade of the rainbow. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2021 The video, captured Saturday at Taiaroa Head near the city of Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island, shows a downy six-week-old albatross chick chirping at an incoming adult, who is trying to time its landing. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, 9 Mar. 2021 Here, the black centers on the anemone pops and the white protea looks almost downy. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 Tomentosum has large, downy peppermint-smelling leaves and tiny white flowers. New York Times, 28 July 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of downy

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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\ 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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