Definition of windswept in US English:

windswept

adjective

  • 1(of a place) exposed to strong winds.

    ‘the windswept moors’
    • ‘Among the rich and the famous who came to mourn her, one figure stood out in the windswept cemetery - Frank Sinatra.’
    • ‘We'd recommend against choosing redwood or any other natural wood in the wet and windswept environment you describe.’
    • ‘There was something raw and elemental about Dorset's windswept landscape that I'd missed, and which I needed, if only to remind myself what the city lacked.’
    • ‘Inverewe Gardens and lively Ullapool are at odds with the rugged, windswept landscape of the Wester Ross coast, discovers Tom Lappin’
    • ‘The violet flowers of butterworts nod manically at the roadside, seeming too delicate for this windswept terrain.’
    • ‘My family's roots are in Lanarkshire, where funerals are typically sombre affairs held in a chapel, followed by a graveside service at a windswept cemetery.’
    • ‘‘We all have our reasons for living here,’ said one, spreading her arms wide to take in the vast expanse of barren, windswept land.’
    • ‘As I looked out over the windswept landscape, I felt as if I were pulled into the drama revealing itself to me.’
    • ‘Before arriving on our windswept streets, Walker served as the Executive Director of Vermont Stage Company.’
    • ‘After the Great Famine, many who had started life in a windswept village found themselves ending it in Hammersmith or Hell's Kitchen.’
    • ‘Every weekend thousands of thrifty Yorkshire folk trek to windswept fields to rummage through boxes of junk in the hope of finding something special.’
    • ‘His move to transform what was once just a windswept field came in the wake of government plans to recycle burial areas, because space in the nation's cemeteries is running out.’
    • ‘Our new training oval that replaced the best surface in the AFL at Victoria Park, is nothing more than an undersized windswept ghetto that was once a swamp.’
    • ‘After a plantation of conifers there was a windswept field.’
    • ‘The fen part of the county, with its vast horizons and lonely windswept fields, has always been an acquired taste.’
    • ‘An isolated, bleak windswept wilderness it lies well off the beaten track and until recently was completely closed to foreigners.’
    • ‘Walking on wet limestone is like walking on ice and the windswept nature of the region makes death from exposure a very real threat.’
    • ‘The prospect of an intense evening of ‘towpath humping’ at a rainy, windswept canal near Paisley doesn't faze the actress in the least.’
    • ‘Dripping wet and deeply disturbed, the smartly-dressed man was discovered walking along a windswept road beside the sea.’
    • ‘The Cape of Good Hope is a wild, windswept nature reserve that would pass for coastal Kerry, except for the baboons and unusual vegetation.’
    exposed, unprotected, bleak, bare, desolate
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    1. 1.1 Untidy in appearance after being exposed to the wind.
      ‘his windswept hair’
      • ‘He had that sort of windswept hair and unshaven look that only an artist could pull off.’
      • ‘He was a bit windswept, his hair rather unkempt and his jacket wrinkled, after riding such a long way on horseback, but he looked the same as ever to the girls.’
      • ‘Her face is splattered with mud and her hair is tangled and windswept.’
      • ‘Ashtaye's long, ebony hair was still windswept, and Tara's equally long, white hair was still silky.’
      • ‘Her hair was short and windswept, and its color matched the pale purple of the sky at twilight.’
      • ‘Her hair was windswept, the stray strands gently framing her rosy face.’
      • ‘The quiet atmosphere of the room was shattered by Noah's entrance; he burst through the door, his face flushed and his hair windswept.’
      • ‘A plump teenage boy stares back at me with wide eyes set in a pale face crowned with windswept dark hair.’
      • ‘There was a smudge of dirt across her nose and her hair was windswept.’
      • ‘We slowly got up, our hair windswept, our heads aching with dizziness.’
      • ‘Tyler ran his hand through his already windswept hair.’
      • ‘Rhea peeked out from the cover of her arms, drawing her windswept hair away from her tear-filled eyes.’
      • ‘I ran a hand through my windswept hair and glanced down at my clothes.’
      • ‘Hague looked hopelessly windswept as his strands of hair got blown about.’
      • ‘His shock of black hair looked windswept, and beneath it, his eyes peered out curiously from behind wire-frame glasses.’
      • ‘His white blonde hair was windswept and dishevelled, and his bright blue eyes were bright and alert.’
      dishevelled, tousled, unkempt, windblown, untidy, messy, disordered, disarranged
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Pronunciation

windswept

/ˈwin(d)swept//ˈwɪn(d)swɛpt/