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[win-dee] /ˈwɪn di/
adjective, windier, windiest.
accompanied or characterized by wind:
a windy day.
exposed to or swept by the wind:
a windy hill.
consisting of or resembling wind:
a windy tempest of activity.
toward the wind; windward.
unsubstantial or empty.
of the nature of, characterized by, or given to prolonged, empty talk; voluble; verbose; bombastic.
characterized by or causing flatulence.
Chiefly Scot. boastful.
Origin of windy
before 900; Middle English; Old English windig. See wind1, -y1
Related forms
windily, adverb
windiness, noun
unwindy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for windy
  • It was a beautiful day, good for pictures and video, but windy enough to interfere with audio recording.
  • Summers are cool and cloudy, while winters are typically windy and rainy.
  • In windy areas, stake the plants to keep them from toppling.
  • In less windy places, use as a tall screen or background plant.
  • On a windy site, drive in a stake upwind of the rootball.
  • Spring on the central coast is always windy, but this spring has been one for the record books.
  • If you are planting in a windy site, drive a stake in alongside the root ball.
  • Trouble is, the weather is windy and chilly right now.
  • Sometimes a few days will be windy and cloudy, but these periods of inclement weather usually come and go quickly.
  • For that reason, these birds prefer to live in windy areas where they can glide on air currents with little effort.
British Dictionary definitions for windy


adjective windier, windiest
of, characterized by, resembling, or relating to wind; stormy
swept by or open to powerful winds
marked by or given to empty, prolonged, and often boastful speech; bombastic: windy orations
void of substance
an informal word for flatulent
(slang) afraid; frightened; nervous
Derived Forms
windily, adverb
windiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for windy

Old English windig; see wind (n.1) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for windy

wind up

verb phrase

To finish: We wind up learning less (1825+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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