feather one's nest

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feth -er]
    • /ˈfɛð ər wʌnz nɛst/
    • /ˈfeðə(r) wʌnz nest/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er]
    • /ˈfɛð ər wʌnz nɛst/

Definitions of feather one's nest words

  • noun feather one's nest one of the horny structures forming the principal covering of birds, consisting typically of a hard, tubular portion attached to the body and tapering into a thinner, stemlike portion bearing a series of slender, barbed processes that interlock to form a flat structure on each side. 1
  • noun feather one's nest kind; character; nature: two boys of the same feather. 1
  • noun feather one's nest something like a feather, as a tuft or fringe of hair. 1
  • noun feather one's nest something very light, small, or trivial: Your worry is a mere feather. 1
  • noun feather one's nest Archery. one of the vanes at the tail of an arrow or dart. 1
  • noun feather one's nest Carpentry. a spline for joining the grooved edges of two boards. 1

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Origin of feather one's nest

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English fether; cognate with Dutch veder, German Feder, Old Norse fjǫthr; akin to Greek pterón, Sanskrit pátram wing, feather

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Parts of speech for Feather one's nest


feather one's nest popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for feather one's nest

verb feather one's nest

  • clean up — If you clean up a mess or clean up a place where there is a mess, you make things tidy and free of dirt again.
  • coin money — to earn or accumulate wealth rapidly
  • make a fortune — win, earn a vast amount of money
  • strike it rich — to deal a blow or stroke to (a person or thing), as with the fist, a weapon, or a hammer; hit.

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