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[wind-swept] /ˈwɪndˌswɛpt/
open or exposed to the wind:
a wind-swept beach.
Origin of wind-swept
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was raining, the long stretches of salt marsh were windswept and brown and bleak.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He passed through the airlock and out into the windswept desert.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • But no cloud ever managed to look so rocky, so windswept, or so welcome.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • Some in Turkish waters, others by the windswept heights of Norway and the Dane!

    Vera Oscar Wilde
  • Who then are these people, and how do they live upon so small and windswept an island?

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The land was windswept, and the sea came crying into the loch.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • For his own forests and wild places are windswept and empty.

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
British Dictionary definitions for windswept


open to or swept by the wind
another word for windblown (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for windswept

1932, originally of hair, from wind (n.1) + past participle of sweep.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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