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adjective (1)

windier; windiest
: windswept
a windy coast
: marked by strong wind or by more wind than usual
a windy day
: flatulent sense 1
a windy bellyache
: verbose, bombastic
a windy politician
: lacking substance : empty
windy promises
windily adverb
windiness noun
windier; windiest
: winding
a windy path

Examples of windy in a Sentence

Adjective (1) one particularly windy day should shake the last of the autumn leaves from the trees gave his usual windy speech about working for the common people a windy saleswoman who told us a lot more than we wanted to know about vacuum cleaners Adjective (2) a windy little creek
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective (2)

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windy was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Windy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


windier; windiest
: having strong winds
a windy prairie
: marked by or given to too much talk
a windy speaker
windiness noun

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