windburn

noun

wind·​burn ˈwin(d)-ˌbərn How to pronounce windburn (audio)
: irritation of the skin caused by wind
windburned adjective

Example Sentences

His face was red from windburn.
Recent Examples on the Web The brand lists treating windburn, hydrating the nails and cuticles, and highlighting cheekbones as other common uses. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2022 The duration of healing depends on the severity of the windburn. Madison Yauger, Health.com, 19 Nov. 2020 Some preexisting skin conditions or previous skin treatments can also possibly put you at a higher risk for windburn. Madison Yauger, Health.com, 19 Nov. 2020 So the company came up with a clever solution that provides both the open-air feel of a glassless car as well as some protection from small bugs and windburn. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 16 May 2020 Ice fishing leaves an experience afterglow, a pleasant, tingly emotional windburn. Steve Macone, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 Even as humans struggle to protect their toes and fingers from frostbite and their skin from getting windburn, pets can be in danger of injury from the cold and even the chemicals used to keep sidewalks clear in snowy or icy weather. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, 9 Dec. 2019 But broken capillaries are actually caused by an external disturbance in your skin — windburns, extreme temperature changes, excessive drinking or smoking — especially UV damage and trauma to the skin, such as popping a pimple too forcefully. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, 27 Sep. 2018 Plants that aren’t properly hardened off are much more susceptible to sun and windburn as well as breakage. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, 27 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windburn was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Windburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windburn. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

windburn

noun
wind·​burn -ˌbərn How to pronounce windburn (audio)
: skin irritation caused by wind
windburned adjective

Medical Definition

windburn

noun
wind·​burn -ˌbərn How to pronounce windburn (audio)
: irritation of the skin caused by wind
windburned adjective
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