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downy

[dou-nee] /ˈdaʊ ni/
adjective, downier, downiest.
1.
of the nature of or resembling down; fluffy; soft.
2.
made of down.
3.
covered with down.
4.
soft; soothing.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; down2 + -y1
Related forms
downily, adverb
downiness, noun
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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

downy

/ˈdaʊnɪ/
adjective downier, downiest
1.
covered with soft fine hair or feathers
2.
light, soft, and fluffy
3.
made from or filled with down
4.
resembling downs; undulating
5.
(Brit, slang) sharp-witted; knowing
Derived Forms
downiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downy
adj.

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

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