One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
A narrow street or alley.as name ‘Friars Wynd’
byroad, byway, bridleway, bridle path, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfareView synonyms
- ‘The tiny closes and wynds - entrances and alleyways - that line the street on either side offer glimpses of the Old and New Towns.’
- ‘Watch out in the darkened closes and wynds of Edinburgh's Old Town, was the message from one of them to the new leader.’
- ‘Stairs strewn with empty cider bottles lead down the wynd, just a few hundred yards down from the splendour of the Advocates Library and St Giles Cathedral, to the pubs and clubs of the Cowgate.’
- ‘The historic town centre is a web of wynds and cobbled streets.’
- ‘The Scotsman, launched in 1817 as a radical alternative to an English-dominated press, had its readers queuing in the wynds of Edinburgh to get their hands on a copy.’
- ‘From the length of the Royal Mile runs a spider's web of cobbled alleyways, ancient courtyards and wynds.’
- ‘The most wretched of the stationary population of which I have been able to obtain any account, or that I have ever seen, was that which I saw in company with Dr Arnott, and others, in the wynds of Edinburgh and Glasgow.’
- ‘If I said I knew Edinburgh, I meant its chthonic parts, the wynds and stairs that deliver you quickly where you're going.’
- ‘You can touch both sides of the wynd with your outstretched arms.’
- ‘Edinburgh's cobbled streets and wynds were perfect for scenes in the Julia Roberts-starring Jekyll and Hyde variation Mary Reilly, and were the setting for ITV's Dickensian Christmas extravaganza, Micawber, starring David Jason.’
- ‘As I prowl its gold-paved nooks and wynds, from bookie to bingo parlour, amusement arcade to Lotto shop, I sense fate has fingered me for imminent riches.’
- ‘The Golden Age seems akin to the city it so lovingly unfurls - uncertain of itself, elegant in parts and convoluted in others, but with no wynd or mews that does not conceal some ingenuity.’
- ‘Following a wynd, we emerge on to St Mary's Street.’
- ‘Much of the drama was shot in the narrow wynds of Edinburgh's Old Town and has a grim, claustrophobic feel that producer Ian Madden likens to the contemporary horror movie, Seven.’
- ‘Off to the sides, however, the Royal Mile disintegrated into a hopeless muddle of squalid wynds and alleyways peopled by beggars, pickpockets and the poor.’
- ‘And with that Macfarlane took his departure and drove off up the wynd in his gig to get under cover before daylight.’
Middle English: apparently from the stem of the verb wind.
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