wind·​blown ˈwin(d)-ˌblōn How to pronounce windblown (audio)
: blown by the wind
especially : having a permanent set or character of growth determined by the prevailing winds
windblown trees

Examples of windblown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starving except for a few dates, they were exposed to windblown sands that scraped them like sandpaper, a relentless sun that burned and blistered their faces, and swarms of flies that enveloped and tormented them. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 Squirrels chittered at us loudly from the windblown trees. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2023 Manchin looks not like a levelheaded voice of fiscal moderation, but as windblown and capricious as the weather vane on his houseboat. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 15 July 2022 And this year, the first half of April was exceptionally warm and dry, perfect for windblown pollination. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 From the gleaming financial capital of Frankfurt to the sea-breeze coasts of Barbados, from the big skies of Montana to the waterlogged streets of Bangladesh, from the sunny countryside of Portugal to the windblown ice of the Arctic, a breathtaking transformation is underway. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Oct. 2023 And there’s the visual conversation that frames Stefan’s story, the interplay of windblown greenery and the sharp angles of urban high-rises. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Oct. 2023 Public safety power shutoffs are intended to prevent fires from starting when power lines are downed by winds or struck by falling trees or windblown debris. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 31 Aug. 2023 As evening fell Friday at Chatham Lighthouse in Chatham, one of the outer Cape locations expected to bear the brunt of the storm, dozens of wave-watchers braved fierce gusts to gaze out at the roiling ocean, and snap windblown selfies with the distant whitecaps. Jenna Russell,, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windblown was in 1599

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“Windblown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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wind·​blown ˈwin(d)-ˌblōn How to pronounce windblown (audio)
: blown or looking as if blown by the wind
windblown seeds
windblown streets

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