Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Suggestive of the texture of velvet; soft and smooth: velvety skin.
  • adj. Smooth-tasting; mellow: a velvety sherry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like velvet (but not velvet); soft, smooth, soothing. Not necessarily restricted to the sense of touch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of velvet, or like velvet; soft; smooth; delicate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling velvet; having a nap like that of velvet; also, soft and smooth to the eye or to the touch, somewhat like velvet: as, velvety texture among minerals.
  • Having a peculiar soft or smooth taste.
  • Having a contact like that of velvet; touching softly: as, a velvety touch on the piano.

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

  • adj. resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface
  • adj. smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste

Etymologies

From velvet +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The language perfect, but the expression velvety, unpractical, apprentice-like…comically inadequate, absurdly weak and unsuited to the great language.30

    Mark Twain

  • The language perfect, but the expression velvety, unpractical, apprenticelike, ignorant, inexperienced, comically inadequate, absurdly weak and unsuited to the great language.

    Chapters from My Autobiography

  • The suspension is damped and velvety, which is just plain weird, considering the 18-inch, 40-series rubber the car rolls on.

    A Fun Screamer Dragging an Anchor

  • As Hayden recalled the velvety softness of her breast against his palm, a pang of guilt stabbed him.

    One Night Of Scandal

  • Amy: according to Carole Walter, whose Scottish shortbread cookie is my favorite, it makes the texture "velvety" and that is all she says.

    Chocolate Shortbread

  • Mary is the generalized young thing of novelettes, with no attempt at individualization except perhaps her "velvety" eyes, which however are forgotten in the course of the story.

    A Doomed Young Man

  • Skippy in his assiduous pursuit of fiction of the romantic tinge had often read of "velvety" eyes and pondered incredulously.

    Skippy Bedelle His Sentimental Progress From the Urchin to the Complete Man of the World

  • I like Rob P. but wished his voice was a little more "velvety" and that he had glittered differently in the sun.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • I was struck by two things: the "velvety" yet vivid colors and the huge dynamic range of the film.

    News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

  • It goes on rather "velvety" as opposed to slick and allows your color to go on smoother and more color-true without any fading or feathering.

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