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Definitions of downy

  1. covered with fine soft hairs or down; "downy milkweed seeds" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. Covered with down, or with pubescence or soft hairs. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Cunning; wary. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Covered with, or made of, soft feathers, hair, or wool; soft; restful; cunning; artful. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Covered with or made of down: like down: soft: soothing. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Covered with, or made of down; like down. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Covered with down; made of down; soft; calm; soothing; resembling down; smooth dealing; knowing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Soft, like down. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for downy

  1. Old trappers say no perfectly downy pelt is ever taken from an ermine, that the downy effect is produced by a trick of the trade- scraping the flesh side so deftly that all the coarse hairs will fall out, leaving only the soft under- fur. – The Story of the Trapper by A. C. Laut
  2. His tone took on a more friendly aspect I'm going to pick out a downy couch in one of these rooms, he said, and lay me down to sleep. – Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers
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