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windy

[win-dee]
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adjective, wind·i·er, wind·i·est.
  1. accompanied or characterized by wind: a windy day.
  2. exposed to or swept by the wind: a windy hill.
  3. consisting of or resembling wind: a windy tempest of activity.
  4. toward the wind; windward.
  5. unsubstantial or empty.
  6. of the nature of, characterized by, or given to prolonged, empty talk; voluble; verbose; bombastic.
  7. characterized by or causing flatulence.
  8. Chiefly Scot. boastful.

Origin of windy

before 900; Middle English; Old English windig. See wind1, -y1
Related formswind·i·ly, adverbwind·i·ness, nounun·wind·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for windier

Historical Examples

  • Still lay weather-bound last night, and to-day it has been windier than ever.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Get out of these trappings of woe, and tell us if you ever saw a windier, grayer, meaner day in all your lives.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • I began at once to make my imitations of Ossian, and I dare say they were not windier and mistier than the original.

    Literature and Life

    William Dean Howells


British Dictionary definitions for windier

windy

adjective windier or windiest
  1. of, characterized by, resembling, or relating to wind; stormy
  2. swept by or open to powerful winds
  3. marked by or given to empty, prolonged, and often boastful speech; bombasticwindy orations
  4. void of substance
  5. an informal word for flatulent
  6. slang afraid; frightened; nervous
Derived Formswindily, adverbwindiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for windier

windy

adj.

Old English windig; see wind (n.1) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper