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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feth -er-ing]
    • /ˈfɛð ər ɪŋ/
    • /ˈfeð.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er-ing]
    • /ˈfɛð ər ɪŋ/

Definitions of feathering word

  • noun feathering 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 feathering kind; character; nature: two boys of the same feather. 1
  • noun feathering something like a feather, as a tuft or fringe of hair. 1
  • noun feathering something very light, small, or trivial: Your worry is a mere feather. 1
  • noun feathering Archery. one of the vanes at the tail of an arrow or dart. 1
  • noun feathering Carpentry. a spline for joining the grooved edges of two boards. 1

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Origin of feathering

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
First recorded in 1520-30; feather + -ing1

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Parts of speech for Feathering


feathering popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for feathering

verb feathering

  • give — to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.
  • contribute — If you contribute to something, you say or do things to help to make it successful.
  • administer — If someone administers something such as a country, the law, or a test, they take responsibility for organizing and supervising it.
  • bring — If you bring someone or something with you when you come to a place, they come with you or you have them with you.
  • hand over — the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb.

Antonyms for feathering

verb feathering

  • conceal — If you conceal something, you cover it or hide it carefully.
  • refrain — to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often followed by from): I refrained from telling him what I thought.
  • withhold — to hold back; restrain or check.
  • shun — to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
  • subtract — to withdraw or take away, as a part from a whole.

Top questions with feathering

  • how to keep lipstick from feathering?

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