1 of 2

noun (1)

: a steeply inclined passageway in a mine


2 of 2

noun (2)

: curse

Examples of winze in a Sentence

Noun (2) uttered a bitter winze upon the laird who had cast them off the land
Recent Examples on the Web
In 1968 and 1969, the U.S. Bureau of Mines borrowed the tunnel and tested some blasting and drilling techniques in a gently sloping side channel called a winze. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2020

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Word History


Noun (1)

alteration of earlier winds, probably from plural of wind entry 4

Noun (2)

probably from Dutch wens wish

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1757, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of winze was in 1757

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Cite this Entry

“Winze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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