wind·​swept | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌswept How to pronounce windswept (audio) \

Definition of windswept

: swept by or as if by wind

Examples of windswept in a Sentence

The sailors looked windswept and tired.
Recent Examples on the Web For decades, onscreen depictions of Indian life largely consisted of a tragic Native man reining in his horse on a windswept southwestern plain or, worse, standing on a roadside crying at the sight of litter. David Treuer, The Atlantic, 1 Aug. 2022 About the size of a low-slung compact sedan and shaped like a windswept teardrop, its tiny, bubble-like frontal area contrasts with a substantial side profile that stretches over a 110.2-inch wheelbase. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 24 July 2022 The sparsely-populated municipality on a windswept Arctic island has attracted some of the country’s richest citizens by cutting its share of Norway’s wealth tax for 2021 and beyond. David Nikel, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 An aspiring dancer, Hawn first came into public view in the mid-’60s with a windswept blonde bob that paired perfectly with a set of kittenish flicks. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 21 July 2022 After an African libation ceremony honoring the dead, kayaker John Dahlen carried a wreath away from the shoreline and released it on the windswept waters of the Mobile River. al, 9 July 2022 Snack bars, fairly clean bathrooms and a top deck with epic, windswept views of the Brooklyn Bridge and glittering shorelines are part of the ride. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Later that week the two met up, heading for lunch in a local cafe, and then a walk on one of Orkney's windswept beaches. Francesca Street, CNN, 31 May 2022 Mostly, though, they are drawn to the windswept beaches of southwestern England—to Portwrinkle and Perranporth, to Bigbury Bay and Gunwalloe. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of windswept

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Windswept.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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