/ˈdaʊni/ (say 'downee)

adjective (downier, downiest)
1. of the nature of or resembling down; fluffy; soft.
2. made of down.
3. covered with down.
4. soft; soothing; calm.
5. downy bird, Colloquial a canny person. {Phrase Origin: ? from 19th-century thieves' slang down meaning `suspicion, awareness', and downy meaning `cunning, knowing', with the addition of bird by association with down in the sense of `bird's feathers'}
{down2 + -y1}
downiness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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