[hwin, win]

Origin of whin

1375–1425; late Middle English whynne, apparently < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hvīngras bent grass, Danish hvene, Swedish (h)ven
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Examples from the Web for whins

Historical Examples of whins

  • We lay among the whins and bramble undisturbed till the dusk came on.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • He felt glad he had not left the white goat tethered in the whins on the hill.


    Seumas O'Kelly

  • The Covenanters were called whigs; the whins were worthless bushes.

  • There was a fire burning brightly; the waning gloaming without gave the whins, that almost touched the window, a ghostly look.


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • His heart filled with fear of the unseen before him, the little dog lay for a long time in a clump of whins.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

British Dictionary definitions for whins


  1. another name for gorse

Word Origin for whin

C11: from Scandinavian; compare Old Danish hvine (græs), Norwegian hvine, Swedish hven


  1. short for whinstone

Word Origin for whin

C14: quin, of obscure origin
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