Plume - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pluːm|  American pronunciation of the word plume
Brit.  |pluːm|  British pronunciation of the word plume

noun

- anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness
- a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
- the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds (syn: feather, plumage)

verb

- rip off; ask an unreasonable price (syn: fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, rob, soak, surcharge)
- be proud of (syn: congratulate, pride)
- deck with a plume
- clean with one's bill (syn: preen)
- form a plume
- dress or groom with elaborate care (syn: dress, preen, primp)

Examples

a hat with bright ostrich plumes

...the Nobel Prize for Literature is the plume that all authors covet...

...that jerk plumes himself on his supposed athletic skills...

The director is pluming himself on his success in winning the contract.

A black plume of smoke rose above the city.

No smoke plumed out of the factory's great chimneys.

Word forms

noun
singular: plume
plural: plumes
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