Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or resembling cotton; fluffy.
  • adj. Covered with fibers resembling cotton; nappy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having some characteristics of cotton; soft and fluffy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Covered with hairs or pubescence, like cotton; downy; nappy; woolly.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to cotton; resembling cotton in appearance or character; soft, like cotton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like cotton; downy; nappy. Also formerly cottonous.

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

  • adj. resembling cotton; as soft as cotton

Etymologies

cotton +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That like a broken purpose waste in air; and dappled with hanging mists, white as snow, and 'sun-clouds,' as the natives term the cottony nimbus -- is easily mistaken, in the dim light of dawn, for a line of towering cliffs.

    To The Gold Coast for Gold, Vol. II A Personal Narrative

  • Scientists recently discovered that the insect called the cottony cushion scale isn't hermaphroditic - it's incestuous.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • I had waked up with a kind of cottony feeling in my throat, and as hot coffee and toast didn't seem to help it, I made an examination with a hand-mirror after breakfast.

    The Fifth Wheel A Novel

  • But here comes the good news: Since the ingested material was presumed to be soft and cottony, we'd try and have her throw it up.

    Vet's view: Gross-out humor comes up now and then

  • The sky is blue except for some cottony white clouds here and there.

    Famous

  • It was mid-April, and the sun was God with a scalpel, slicing clean the edges of the leaves, the clusters of sick-sweet lilac, and the silkworm webbing that hung from the trees above us in a marvelous cottony cancer.

    Bone Hinge

  • She fought through cottony layers of sleep and forced her eyes open.

    Choker

  • I eased between the stems, liberating a blizzard of cottony seeds that clung to my clothes.

    Country Diary: Durham city

  • Then, when I got Shawn to come look she said, "I don't know, it looks more cottony to me."

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • So I printed up dozens of Serenity movie replica bills of various denominations, wrinkled them up obsessively until they were cottony smooth, and the characters now use that in lieu of writing the numbers of credits on their character sheets.

    My GM style: Heavy on the technology, light on the rules

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