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Definition of feather noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

feather

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfeðə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeðər//
 
Parts of animals
 
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  •   one of the many soft light parts covering a bird’s body a peacock feather a feather pillow (= one containing feathers) See related entries: Parts of animals
  • Word Origin Old English fether, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veer and German Feder, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit patra ‘wing’, Latin penna ‘feather’, and Greek pteron, pterux ‘wing’.Extra examples I had to pluck the dead hen’s feathers. Its feathers were ruffled by the chill breeze. The chicks have grown their adult feathers. The owl fluffed out its feathers. a fledgling with new flight feathers a swan preening its feathers plucking the dead hen’s feathers the downy feathers on the duck’s breastIdioms
    birds of a feather (flock together)
     
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    (saying) people of the same sort (are found together)
     an action that you can be proud of This idiom comes from the Native American custom of giving a feather to somebody who had been very brave in battle. See related entries: Proud
    ruffle somebody’s/a few feathers
     
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    (informal) to annoy or upset somebody or a group of people The senator's speech ruffled a few feathers in the business world. See related entries: Anger
    smooth (somebody’s) ruffled feathers
     
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    to make somebody feel less angry or offended
    you could have knocked me down with a feather
     
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    (informal) used to express surprise
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: feather