from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Made of or covered with down.
  • adjective Resembling down.
  • adjective Quietly soothing; soft.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having downs; containing downs.
  • Covered with down or nap.
  • Having the character or structure of down; resembling down: as, downy plumage.
  • Made of down or soft feathers.
  • Soft; soothing; calm.
  • Knowing; cunning: as, a downy cove.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Covered with down, or with pubescence or soft hairs.
  • adjective Made of, or resembling, down. Hence, figuratively: Soft; placid; soothing; quiet.
  • adjective Slang, Eng. Cunning; wary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having down, covered with a soft fuzzy coating as of small feathers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective like down or as soft as down
  • adjective covered with fine soft hairs or down


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down +‎ -y


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  • wiki: "Often overlooked, downy spells its name with a lower-case "D". This helps to distinguish it from like-named bands, such as Downy Mildew."

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