downy

adjective \ ˈdau̇-nē \
Updated on: 6 Mar 2018

Definition of downy

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

Examples of downy in a Sentence

  1. the downy surface of a ripe peach

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First Known Use of downy

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DOWNY Defined for English Language Learners

downy

Definition of downy for English Language Learners

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

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


DOWNY Defined for Kids

downy

adjective \ ˈdau̇-nē \

Definition of downy for Students

downier; downiest
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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