Main definitions of windy in English

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windy1

adjective

  • 1Characterized by or exposed to strong winds:

    ‘a very windy day’
    ‘the cold, windy hills’
    • ‘Urban heat islands occur mainly at night and are reduced in windy conditions.’
    • ‘The kids were running around, some with kites, as the weather was so windy.’
    • ‘It was clear from the start that the strong windy conditions were going to have an immediate effect on the result of the game.’
    • ‘Free-range hens huddled in their doorways because their field was a bit windy.’
    • ‘Also, do not spray soaps onto plants that are water-stressed or during hot, windy, or humid weather.’
    • ‘Was warm but quite windy and once we'd got there it was basically grey.’
    • ‘Roy Appleyard converted from the touchline, an excellent kick considering the very windy conditions.’
    • ‘Our weather today is very windy with the odd shower of rain.’
    • ‘As it got closer, it got extremely windy, I could barely see from the dust clouds everywhere.’
    • ‘Then again, it was a pretty windy day, and voices were muted by the sound of the wind.’
    • ‘Very windy conditions and extremely warm weather increase the dangers associated with backyard burning as well.’
    • ‘Even if it is sunny, it can be quite windy on Lough Corrib.’
    • ‘The tradespeople aren't working outside this morning because it's too windy and dangerous.’
    • ‘Jessie and myself are convinced that it is still much too windy.’
    • ‘Avoid low spots that might flood, as well as high, exposed, or windy locations.’
    • ‘Liam Varley opened the scoring for the seasiders on this cold and extremely windy outing.’
    • ‘Though it was a dull, rather windy day, people turned out in force.’
    • ‘Cleaning graffiti off walls would not be everybody's first choice at 8.30 am on a cold windy day.’
    • ‘The climate was temperate but windy, the terrain a mixture of downland, rocky hills and peat bogs.’
    • ‘Hilly areas are often windy, but the wind could blow strong for certain periods and then not at all during others.’
    windswept, exposed, unprotected, open to the elements, bare, bleak
    breezy, blowy, fresh, blustery, gusty
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  • 2British Suffering from, marked by, or causing an accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal.

    • ‘After a good night out, I find I am very windy the next morning, so much so that I am totally bloated and cannot do up my trousers.’
  • 3informal Using or expressed in many words that sound impressive but mean little:

    ‘the way to save time in an exam is by omitting windy phrases’
    • ‘I recently took Mark Pilgrim off my links, because he wrote a very windy and tedious wind-up of Dave Winer.’
    • ‘All those windy characters were kind of hard to bring to life when I was reading them in high school.’
    • ‘I'm all for due credit, but save the acknowledgements for your windy Grammy acceptance speech.’
    • ‘The king goes on to bore the hell out of them with a long, windy speech.’
    • ‘By the end of a book that began as a windy meditation on leadership we are left with the impression of a decent man whose experiences offer many lessons indeed.’
    • ‘The first time I was aware of James Schuyler was in one of those rather windy American ‘Best of’ annuals.’
    • ‘Even on radio, their rhetorical style sounds windy, verbose, addicted to polysyllables for their own sake.’
    • ‘Election Day in a Chinese village brings Jimmy Carter, windy speeches, and dubious promises’
    • ‘One word of warning: it's awfully windy out there, so make sure to bring items to weigh down the lighter things which are in danger of blowing away.’
    • ‘Otherwise our multi-lateral, global institutions are exposed as windy talking shops.’
    verbose, long-winded, wordy, prolix, lengthy, overlong, prolonged, protracted, long-drawn-out, tedious
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  • 4British informal (of a person) nervous or anxious about something.

    • ‘It's a funny track and I like it, but it's funny because it works against the original Chuck D vocal, deflating it, making him sound a bit windy and stupid.’
    nervous, anxious, worried, apprehensive, on edge, edgy, tense, stressed, fretful, uneasy, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots
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Origin

Old English windig (see wind, -y).

Pronunciation

windy

/ˈwɪndi/

Main definitions of windy in English

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windy2

adjective

  • (of a road or river) following a curving or twisting course:

    ‘the long windy path’
    • ‘I think the most dangerous part was riding for six hours in the back of a car on windy roads.’
    • ‘The drive home through the windy roads was uneventful and we got back to the hotel by midnight.’
    • ‘Paris doesn't feel that old, especially after all the time I spent in the compact, windy streets of the old City of Zurich.’
    • ‘But we did, he thought, find his agent's house, up a windy road outside of town.’
    • ‘Soon we were driving along the windy roads surrounded by tall trees that led to my grand parents' house.’
    • ‘I'm at the wheel; I'm the only one who drives, as Judy didn't like the windy roads.’
    • ‘We proceeded down a windy country road, following the River Chew towards its source.’
    • ‘I turned onto a windy road up into the hills above our town.’
    • ‘Sometimes a Northerly gale leaps on us and has enormous fun chasing us about the windy streets as though we are of no more significance than a collection of dry leaves whirling along.’
    • ‘Last year we painted a picture of Kinross as a hidden gem containing stunning classics such as Loch Leven, windy roads and friendly country pubs.’
    • ‘Of course, I could not see the town yet, as the country road was quite windy and hilly.’
    • ‘People, unaware of the dangers, were shovelling it out of public buildings and their houses into the town's dry and windy streets.’
    • ‘According to local police, Hatch was speeding when her car slipped through a gap between guardrails on the windy road, sending her car to the bottom of the ravine.’
    • ‘Nothing was more amusing than standing inside the pivot point and seeing it twist and turn as the driver maneuvered through the windy streets of Kingston.’
    • ‘The secondary roads are windy and provide poor links to the main roads and there is no bus stop.’
    • ‘However, like Harley-Davidson motorcycles, they look completely out of context, if not ridiculous, on the narrow, windy streets of London.’
    • ‘It's a great windy road and I love driving roads like that so that's a bit of fun.’
    • ‘I am the original girl racer along those testing windy country roads.’
    • ‘They do not want to get stuck on those narrow, dangerous, windy roads, behind big trucks.’

Pronunciation

windy

/ˈwʌɪndi/