Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

  • adjective Having some characteristics of cotton; soft and fluffy

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

  • adjective resembling cotton; as soft as cotton

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

cotton +‎ -y

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

  • 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

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

    Choker

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Country Diary: Durham city

  • 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

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