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 windburn (audio) \ adjective

Examples of windburn in a Sentence

His face was red from windburn.
Recent Examples on the Web The duration of healing depends on the severity of the windburn. Madison Yauger,, 19 Nov. 2020 Some preexisting skin conditions or previous skin treatments can also possibly put you at a higher risk for windburn. Madison Yauger,, 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,, 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 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, 4 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of windburn

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Windburn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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 windburn (audio) \ adjective


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