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[dou-nee] /ˈdaʊ ni/
adjective, downier, downiest.
of the nature of or resembling down; fluffy; soft.
made of down.
covered with down.
soft; soothing.
Origin of downy
1540-50; down2 + -y1
Related forms
downily, adverb
downiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Those downy hairs may be more than an evolutionary leftover, though.
  • Now comes a sonic burst, as a downy woodpecker drills into a nearby trunk.
  • Upon arrival in the bay, they are basically starving, their breastbones protruding from their downy red chests.
  • But this downy cloudscape hides the might of a record-setting storm.
  • The same cannot be said for thousands of downy penguin chicks.
  • Primitive feathers or a downy coat probably developed initially as a way to keep them warm.
  • In summer and fall the quiet northern light flickers on the leaves and the bark of silver and downy birches.
  • He liked her smell and her downy arms and the way she exclaimed when something made her laugh.
  • downy mildew is a major disease in all sunflower growing regions.
  • Five varieties were resistant to downy mildew, an exotic disease currently excluded through quarantine efforts.
British Dictionary definitions for downy


adjective downier, downiest
covered with soft fine hair or feathers
light, soft, and fluffy
made from or filled with down
resembling downs; undulating
(Brit, slang) sharp-witted; knowing
Derived Forms
downiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downy

1570s, from down (n.1) + -y (2).

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