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windy

[win-dee] /ˈwɪn di/
adjective, windier, windiest.
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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English windig. See wind1, -y1
Related forms
windily, adverb
windiness, noun
unwindy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for windiest
Contemporary Examples
  • Among them are the 96 members of the United States Senate, perhaps the windiest and most tedious group of men in Christendom.

    Trump David Frum February 3, 2012
Historical Examples
  • I confess to have been deceived about this Atlantic, the roughest and windiest of oceans.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • Speaking, though it be but by the windiest of fictions, to a nation, is not a man pledged to respectful language?

  • Of one thing we were certain, and that was that Adelie Land was the windiest place in the world.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The windiest spot is at the corner of Second Avenue, Hove; the wind just there is almost enough to choke those who face it.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • It was the wettest spring, the coldest summer, the windiest autumn that I have ever known.

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar Godfrey Charles Morgan
  • He began to feel it very cold, and Keingala always chose the windiest places whatever the weather was.

  • Alas, he is in general merely the windiest mortal of them all; and is admired for being so, into the bargain.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets Thomas Carlyle
  • Menjil has an unhonoured name among Persian villages; it is reputed to be the windiest place in all the Iranian Empire.

  • Chicago, she said, was a windy place, and Mr. Bilton passed in its windiest month.

    Christopher and Columbus

    Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
British Dictionary definitions for windiest

windy

/ˈwɪndɪ/
adjective windier, 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; bombastic: windy orations
4.
void of substance
5.
an informal word for flatulent
6.
(slang) afraid; frightened; nervous
Derived Forms
windily, adverb
windiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for windiest

windy

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for windiest

windy

adjective

Given to talking too much; overly garrulous, esp pompously so: It's another one of his windy orations (1513+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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