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downed, adj.1

Brit. /daʊnd/
U.S. /daʊnd/
Forms:  15–16 19– downed, 16 douned. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: down n.2, -ed suffix2; down v.2, -ed suffix1.
Etymology: Originally (i) < down n.2 + -ed suffix2.
Subsequently also (ii) < down v.2 + -ed suffix1.
Now rare.

  Covered or lined with down.

1576   W. Clever tr. J. Glaucus Knowl. Kings f. 55   The king..lying vpon a couch of downed sylke, desired one of the Gentlemen of his priuie Chamber, to speake with Sebona.
1615   W. Leigh Dauids Palme & Cedar 23   The Eagle when shee would trye her young..beares them vp into the brightest sunne beames, while they are tender, and yet not downed.
1653   T. Urquhart tr. Rabelais 1st Bk. Wks. xiii. 66   Of all torcheculs..there is none in the world comparable to the neck of a goose, that is well douned.
1901   Westm. Gaz. 14 May 2/3   The goose has..been sitting comfortably on a downed nest.
1995   J. B. Sanford We have Little Sister 72   Even in the gloom, she'd've seen the blonde hair, the round face, the downed skin, the green-brown eyes.

1576—1995(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, December 2018).