wind·​swept ˈwin(d)-ˌswept How to pronounce windswept (audio)
: swept by or as if by wind

Examples of windswept in a Sentence

The sailors looked windswept and tired.
Recent Examples on the Web In the early 1960s, an architect turned developer named Al Boeke envisioned a new community on a windswept bluff and former sheep ranch a few hours north of San Francisco. Penelope Green, New York Times, 8 May 2024 She was also seen standing opposite Malone, 28, in front of a mock-up background of a coastline as more windswept papers circled the pair, with more paper covering the floor. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 4 May 2024 The atmosphere in the meeting room at the Los Lagos Golf Course — itself a splash of green on the windswept brown landscape of Arizona's Mojave Desert — is as tense as a coiled spring when Tyler Carlson, CEO of the Mohave Electric Cooperative, steps to the podium. The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2024 In her work with U.S. military veterans here on the Navajo Nation, Bernadine Tyler routinely logs 1,200 miles a month driving across an area the size of West Virginia, over high windswept plains dotted with rust-red mesas. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Feb. 2024 Battling to maintain his early lead during a windswept second round at the 88th edition of the major, trouble looked to be brewing for the big-hitting American when his tee drive at the par-five 13th hole skewed right into the woods beside the fairway. Jack Bantock, CNN, 13 Apr. 2024 Most of them had been built in the thirties, which was not long after the area had been known as the Outside Lands—desolate and windswept, just scattered people growing vegetables in the shifting dunes. Zach Williams, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 The wild and windswept shore of Cala Conta in San Antonio boasts some of the best sunsets on the island and is also home to the iconic Sunset Ashram. Chloe Sachdev, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Feb. 2024 Sitting in a windswept crater 12,000 feet above sea level, Bolivia’s de facto capital is home to skyscrapers and millennia-old ruins. Javier Rodríguez-Camacho, SPIN, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of windswept was in 1812

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“Windswept.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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wind·​swept -ˌswept How to pronounce windswept (audio)
: disturbed by or as if by wind
a windswept beach

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