Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FEATHER

Better to strike the rear guard than to feather a shaft in the earth.

His ears hummed and rang, and his brain swam as light as a feather.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when Bartlett sprang it on me this morning.

This was no master-charioteer, but a mere lad, a feather riding the wind.

He has conspired against me, like the rest, and they are but birds of one feather.

But oh, their feather arrows were enough to frighten even these bravest of men.

And I cut off his head with one stroke, like a feather, while he only said 'Oof!'

The secretary nodded, and rubbed the bridge of his nose with the feather of his pen.

Then with added mischief: “And your hair is simply as fluffy as—as a feather duster.”

The tar and feather proposal seemed to meet with general favor.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English feðer "feather," in plural, "wings," from Proto-Germanic *fethro (cf. Old Saxon fethara, Old Norse fioþr, Swedish fjäder, Middle Dutch vedere, Dutch veder, Old High German fedara, German Feder), from PIE *pet-ra-, from root *pet- "to rush, to fly" (see petition (n.)). Feather-headed "silly" is from 1640s. Feather duster attested by 1858. Figurative use of feather in (one's) cap attested by 1734.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.