wind·​burn | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌbərn How to pronounce windburn (audio) \

Definition of windburn

: irritation of the skin caused by wind

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Other Words from windburn

windburned \ ˈwin(d)-​ˌbərnd How to pronounce windburned (audio) \ adjective

Examples of windburn in a Sentence

His face was red from windburn.

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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, "How to Treat Broken Capillaries on Your Face — and Prevent Them in the First Place," 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, "Resist the urge: Planting too early creates garden problems," 27 Apr. 2017 The Marlins had him for 144 games over three years, suffered windburn from his strikeouts and sent him to San Diego. Mark Whicker, Orange County Register, "Whicker: After riding the sport’s ups and downs, Cameron Maybin is happy for a shot with the Angels," 4 Apr. 2017 The mountains (plus sunburn, windburn, and dryness) are calling—but prepping your skin for a successful ski trip is possible. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "Skiing Skincare: Everything You Need to Know," 24 Jan. 2017 Gives a new meaning to the idea of windburn, right? John Borland, WIRED, "Peering Inside the Sources of Solar Wind," 10 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of windburn

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of windburn was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of windburn

: a red and sore area on the skin that is caused by cold or very strong wind


wind·​burn | \ -ˌbərn How to pronounce windburn (audio) \

Medical Definition of windburn

: irritation of the skin caused by wind

Other Words from windburn

windburned \ -​ˌbərnd How to pronounce windburned (audio) \ adjective

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