Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps


Noun: plume  ploom
  1. Anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness
    "a plume of smoke"; "grass with large plumes"
     
  2. A feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
     
  3. The light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
    - feather
Verb: plume  ploom
  1. Rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    - overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump [Brit], fleece, pluck, rob, hook
     
  2. Be proud of
    "He plumes himself on making it into law school";
    - pride, congratulate
     
  3. Deck with a plume
    "a plumed helmet"
     
  4. Clean with one's bill
    "The birds plumed";
    - preen
     
  5. Form a plume
    "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"
     
  6. Dress or groom with elaborate care
    "She likes to plume when going to the opera";
    - preen, primp, dress

Derived forms: plumes, pluming, plumed

Type of: adornment, animal material, arrange, attire, bedeck, bedight, body covering, cheat, chisel, clean, deck, deck out, deck up, doll up, dress up, experience, fancy up, feel, fig out, fig up, form, get up, gussy up [N. Amer], make clean, overdress, prink, rig out, rip off, set up, shape, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up

Part of: bird

Encyclopedia: Plume