[ spin-drift ]
/ ˈspɪnˌdrɪft /


spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.

Origin of spindrift

1590–1600; variant of Scots speendrift spoondrift
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British Dictionary definitions for spindrift


/ (ˈspɪnˌdrɪft) /


spray blown up from the surface of the sea
powdery snow blown off a mountain
Nontechnical name: spoondrift

Word Origin for spindrift

C17: of Scottish origin, possibly from a variant of obsolete spoon to scud + drift
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Word Origin and History for spindrift



c.1600, Scottish formation from verb spene, alteration of spoon "to sail before the wind" (1570s, of uncertain origin) + drift. "Common in English writers from c 1880, probably at first under the influence of W. Black's novels" [OED].

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