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Definitions for downy
ˈdaʊ nidowny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. downy, downlike, flossy, fluffyadjective

    like down or as soft as down

  2. downy, pubescent, puberulent, sericeousadjective

    covered with fine soft hairs or down

    "downy milkweed seeds"


  1. downyadjective

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

    The chick's downy coat of feathers formed almost immediately to keep it warm.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Downyadjective

    Etymology: from down.

    By his gates of breath
    There lies a downy feather, which stirs not: Did he suspire, that light and weightless down
    Perforce must move. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    There be plants that have prickles, yet have downy or velvet rind upon their leaves; as stock-gillyflowers and coltsfoot; which down or nap consisteth of a subtile spirit, in a soft substance. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 560.

    In her hand she held
    A bough of fairest fruit, that downy smil’d,
    New-gather’d, and ambrosial smell diffus’d. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    A side breeze from westward waits their sails to fill,
    And rests in those high beds his downy wings. Dryden.

    Belinda still her downy pillow prest,
    Her guardian sylph prolong’d the balmy rest. Alexander Pope.

    Banquo! Donalbain! Malcolm! awake!
    Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,
    And look on death itself. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The night’s companion kindly cheating them
    Of all their cares, tam’d the rebellious eye
    Of sorrow with a soft and downy hand,
    Sealing all breasts in a lethean band. Richard Crashaw.


  1. Downy

    Downy, also known as Lenor in Europe, Russia and Japan, is a brand of fabric softener produced by Procter & Gamble that was introduced in 1960. Lenor is a brand name of fabric softener and dryer sheets, also produced by P&G, sold in Europe, Russia and Japan. Lenor fabric softener had entered China in 2007 but was subsequently discontinued. Scent beads under the brand Downy have been sold in China since December 2017. Plans to rebrand Lenor as Downy in the UK were dropped in 2002.For the company's national and international experience in sustainable development, and eco-friendly products, the Environment Possibility Award conferred the "Environmental Heroes of the Year" to Downy in 2012.Amy Sedaris and Tituss Burgess are the talents hired to promote the Downy/Lenor Unstopables In-Wash Scent Boosters range in both the US and the UK. The commercials were filmed by Grey Advertising.


  1. downy

    Downy refers to something that is covered with soft, fine hair or feathers. It has a texture that is fluffy, light, and smooth, reminiscent of the fuzz found on young birds or plants. This term can be used to describe certain types of fabric, vegetation, or any other object with a similar quality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Downyadjective

    covered with down, or with pubescence or soft hairs

  2. Downyadjective

    made of, or resembling, down. Hence, figuratively: Soft; placid; soothing; quiet

  3. Downyadjective

    cunning; wary


  1. Downy

    Downy is a brand name of fabric softener produced by Procter & Gamble and sold in the United States. It entered the U.S. test market in August 1960 and went nationwide in December 1961. It was also sold in Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Egypt and Latin America. Lenor is a brand name of fabric softener and dryer sheets, also produced by Procter & Gamble, sold in Europe, Russia, China and Japan. Plans to rebrand Lenor as Downy in the UK were dropped in 2002.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DOWNY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Downy is ranked #109258 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Downy surname appeared 162 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Downy.

    69.7% or 113 total occurrences were White.
    20.9% or 34 total occurrences were Black.
    5.5% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of downy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of downy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of downy in a Sentence

  1. Scott C. Holstad:

    i want to hold her to me, take away her pain, fear, make her believe someone gives a shit. i want to stroke the nape of her soft downy neck, cover her eyes with my hand, feel her cheeks quiver beneath -- i want to know her, but like one wounded she won’t let them close. she’s afraid to live life at times she feels a feeling similar to one she had as a child but when it appears she pushes the plunger and it disappears.

  2. Animal Control Warden Jason Pound:

    I could smell it and could tell that it had actually been through a cycle, smelled like Downy.

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    • A. disjointed
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