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Definition of "cottony" [cot•ton•y]

  • Of or resembling cotton; fluffy. (adjective)
  • Covered with fibers resembling cotton; nappy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cottony" in a sentence
  • "That like a broken purpose waste in air; and dappled with hanging mists, white as snow, and 'sun-clouds,' as the natives term the cottony nimbus -- is easily mistaken, in the dim light of dawn, for a line of towering cliffs."
  • "Scientists recently discovered that the insect called the cottony cushion scale isn't hermaphroditic - it's incestuous."
  • "I had waked up with a kind of cottony feeling in my throat, and as hot coffee and toast didn't seem to help it, I made an examination with a hand-mirror after breakfast."