feath·ery | \ˈfet͟h-rē, ˈfe-t͟hər-ē\

Definition of feathery 

: resembling, suggesting, or covered with feathers especially : extremely light

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Examples of feathery in a Sentence

a plant with feathery leaves the apple pie had a wonderfully feathery crust

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But the waterproof and feathery Optimizer proved to be tough enough for ski tours and airy enough for spring showers. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Rain Jackets for Every Activity," 20 June 2018 Valentino also had dramatic feathery creations, plus a dress with birds all over it. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "What Paris Couture and Jonathan Franzen Have in Common," 6 July 2018 But Cousins also has an innate sense for where the basket is at all times and a feathery touch that makes watching him in the paint anything but a chore. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "Boogie Cousins Heads for the Bay," 3 July 2018 Better still was a feathery cheesecake with chocolate in the crust and, supporting slices of dark chocolate, in the icing on top meant to remind you of a famous Baltimore cookie. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 The rice exceeded barbecue standards with feathery-soft grains that would be the envy of most Mexican restaurants. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Orly’s BBQ," 6 July 2018 Most gear is full of compromises—jackets that are feathery light but don’t have enough pockets, hiking boots that are bombproof but breathe like plastic bags, and rooftop tents that are comfy but a total pain to install. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Five Pieces of Perfectly Designed Gear," 3 July 2018 With his power, quickness, either-hand agility and feathery touch, Cousins scores at will down low. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors: A temporary, fascinating spectacle," 3 July 2018 Actress and writer Tina Fey turned heads in a glamorous and feathery gown. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Tiffany Haddish, Tina Fey turn up at the Tony Awards: Best and worst dressed celebrities," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of feathery

1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of feathery was in 1580

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English Language Learners Definition of feathery

: extremely light and soft or delicate : like a feather


feath·ery | \ˈfe-t͟hə-rē \

Kids Definition of feathery

1 : like a feather or tuft of feathers His dark eyelashes were long and feathery— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

2 : covered with feathers

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