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  1. (of a sailing ship, sailboat, or the like) kept from sailing by a wind from the wrong direction or one of too high velocity.
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Origin of windbound

First recorded in 1580–90; wind1 + -bound1
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Examples from the Web for windbound

Historical Examples

  • On one occasion a collier brig had been windbound for several days in the Yarmouth roads.

    The Shellback's Progress

    Walter Runciman

  • Windbound means when the ship is detained in one particular station by contrary winds.

  • The boats which were windbound eight days arrived this morning all safe and well.

British Dictionary definitions for windbound


  1. (of a sailing vessel) prevented from sailing by an unfavourable wind
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