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 Her reaction to Brett is the reader’s first sign that M is close to the brink, mentally, and that this book will be a windswept affair. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Rachel Cusk’s New Novel Turns Up the Heat at a Private Artist’s Retreat," 26 Apr. 2021 To achieve the windswept wavy texture, Scarlett partnered with ghd, using the brand's lightweight mousse to add volume at the roots and the platinum styler for a softly-smoothed finish. Megan Decker,, "Margot Robbie Brought Her New Bangs To The Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 One day, the wheel tracks of rovers will follow beside the boot prints of humans on the windswept Martian surface. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Quest to land humans on Mars heats up and 5 other top space and science stories this week," 17 Apr. 2021 Smith’s memoir is about these men, who showed up from across the country and beyond to risk their lives on a windswept plain where the temperature might be 38 degrees below zero and the pay might be $20 an hour. Sarah Smarsh, The Atlantic, "The Human Side of Fracking," 16 Apr. 2021 Additionally, InSight’s team chose a landing site in Elysium Planitia, a windswept plain on the Red Planet’s equator that receives lots of sunlight. Mike Wehner, BGR, "NASA’s Mars InSight lander may be in deep trouble," 14 Apr. 2021 On the windswept Champion Course at PGA National, Jones somehow shot a bogey-free, 9-under-par 61 to tie the course record set by Brian Harman in 2012 and move three ahead of the field midway through the opening 18. Steve Dimeglio, The Arizona Republic, "Former Arizona State golfer Matt Jones ties course record with 61 in Honda Classic," 19 Mar. 2021 Tyler DeWitt and Evan Hannibal were slowly making their way down a windswept slope during a backcountry snowboarding excursion in Colorado last spring when the shallow snow beneath them shifted and broke loose. Fox News, "Colorado snowboarders face reckless endangerment charges after avalanche," 25 Mar. 2021 Growing up in Acapulco, De La Rosa wanted to be a famous singer (his windswept locks rivaled Farrah Fawcett’s). Los Angeles Times, "Lifers: How the people who serve you survived the last year," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of windswept

1812, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2021

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“Windswept.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of windswept

: exposed to strong winds
: made messy by the wind

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