An example of a feather is what peacocks drop behind them when they molt.
The stylist feathered my hair.
After striking the bird, the pilot feathered the left, damaged engine's propeller.
Birds of a feather flock together.
- A trifle.
- A projecting part, esp. for fitting into a groove.
- An irregular flaw in a gem.
- The fringe of hair along the tail and along the back of the legs of some dogs.
Enthusiasts of every feather.
- An act or deed to one's credit; a distinctive achievement.
- To grow wealthy by taking advantage of one's position or by making use of property or funds left in one's trust.
- In excellent form, health, or humor.
- a distinctive accomplishment; achievement worthy of pride
- to grow rich by taking advantage of circumstances
- in very good humor, health, or form
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of feather
- Middle English fether from Old English pet- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English fether, from Old English feþer, from Proto-Germanic *feþrō, from Proto-Indo-European *péth₂r̥ ~ pth₂én- (“feather, wing”), from *peth₂- (“to fly”). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek πέτομαι (petomai), Albanian shpend (“bird”), Latin penna, Old Armenian թիռ (tʿiṙ).