Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being downy.
  • noun Knowingness; cunningness; artfulness; cuteness.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being downy.

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

  • noun The quality of being downy.

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

  • noun a light softness

Etymologies

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downy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • And above the organ rose the notes of a voice; high, soft, enveloped in a kind of downiness, like a cloud of incense, and which ran through the mazes of a long cadence.

    Hauntings

  • When a thought came unbidden: all she needed was a man to come up behind her and kiss the nape of her neck, where the soft downiness of her hair met the cool creaminess of her skin.

    Winter Bloom

  • Heads that are so downy soft as to keep my hand in motion, patting, stroking, taking and giving comfort at the same time as it is drawn to the tenderness of skin, the downiness of the hair.

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  • Heads that are so downy soft as to keep my hand in motion, patting, stroking, taking and giving comfort at the same time as it is drawn to the tenderness of skin, the downiness of the hair.

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  • The poplar foliage had the downiness of a Corot arbor; the green and silver trunks were as candid as the birches, as slender and lustrous as the limbs of a Pierrot.

    Main Street

  • The foliage, as before hinted, is in the form of a whorl, there being no root leaf, and the soft appearance of the whole plant is due to its downiness, which extends to and includes the calyx.

    Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers Describing the Most Desirable Plants, for Borders, Rockeries, and Shrubberies.

  • He is determined by his gestural artistry and resilient thistle-downiness to "sanction and fortify the natural human passion for believing that life can somehow, behind all the miseries and the mysteries, mean something profoundly worth while."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-04-21

  • The habit of the shrub is densely bushy, and the foliage has a greyish green colour from its downiness.

    Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers Describing the Most Desirable Plants, for Borders, Rockeries, and Shrubberies.

  • The poplar foliage had the downiness of a Corot arbor; the green and silver trunks were as candid as the birches, as slender and lustrous as the limbs of a Pierrot.

    Main Street

  • The poplar foliage had the downiness of a Corot arbor; the green and silver trunks were as candid as the birches, as slender and lustrous as the limbs of a Pierrot.

    Main Street

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