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 In the summer of 1937 two young British paleontologists were scouring the cliffs of Chaleur Bay along the southern shore of the windswept Gaspé Peninsula in eastern Canada. John A. Long, Scientific American, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 20 May 2020 Their cultures are as diverse as their homelands, ranging from sweltering rain forests to icy, windswept mountains capped with receding glaciers. Stephan Kueffner,, "Why Latin America’s Bloody Protests Won’t Die Out Anytime Soon," 12 May 2020 But residents of the windswept village didn’t want mushers to go without essentials like water, straw, fuel and a place to warm up. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Shaktoolik, Seaveys put Iditarod back in the news," 29 Apr. 2020 This stark, beautiful novel, translated from the Norwegian and perfectly pitched for the present moment, follows one family living in isolation on a small, windswept island. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Alexander Calder to a History of Poetry," 14 Apr. 2020 Images of beautiful people doing advanced yoga poses on rocky seawalls and windswept beaches may look idyllic. Popular Science, "Yoga accessories to help you practice smarter," 23 Apr. 2020 Only a child as unusual as Jarman would draw in the background, behind the cottage, a nuclear power station, which has occupied the flat, windswept Dungeness headland since 1965. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Reading Derek Jarman Is Strangely Consoling," 13 Apr. 2020 In the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, where a public boardwalk stretches for blocks along a windswept beach, parents were ready to cope with the playground closures. New York Times, "Cooped-Up Children Lose Refuge as N.Y.C. Playgrounds Are Closed," 1 Apr. 2020 From more than a block away, Pastor Daniel McGehee’s thunderous voice can be heard over the soft ruffling of windswept foliage and ceaseless chirping birds, Holy Week’s welcomed springtime companions. Christopher Harress |, al, "Coronavirus brings Holy Week challenges, opportunity for a small Mobile church," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of windswept

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Windswept.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of windswept

: exposed to strong winds
: made messy by the wind

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