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[ wind-fawl ]


  1. an unexpected gain, piece of good fortune, or the like:

    I've recently come into a windfall and am considering early retirement.

  2. an unexpected positive result or by-product:

    The industry’s profits are a windfall of war.

  3. something blown down by the wind, such as fruit or a tree:

    We'll have plenty of firewood for winter, as there are a lot of pine windfalls around.

    She has a dozen apple trees, and every day she picks up the windfalls for eating and baking.

  4. the fall of something blown down by the wind:

    The orchard must be sheltered from prevailing winds, as a windfall of peaches too early in the season can be disastrous.

  5. a quantity or mass of trees blown down by the wind, or an area containing many such trees:

    The road was covered by extensive windfall which had to be cut and removed.


  1. (of profit or other gain) coming unexpectedly and in a large amount:

    One new business relationship can produce tens of thousands of dollars in windfall profits.

  2. blown down by the wind:

    In addition to grain, his free-range chickens eat bugs and windfall fruit.


/ ˈwɪndˌfɔːl /


  1. a piece of unexpected good fortune, esp financial gain
  2. something blown down by the wind, esp a piece of fruit
  3. a plot of land covered with trees blown down by the wind


  1. An unexpected profit from a business or other source. The term connotes gaining huge profits without working for them — for example, when oil companies profit from a temporary scarcity of oil.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of windfall1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English; wind 1 + fall

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Example Sentences

Because the three has become just a bit more difficult, it’s not the windfall it once was.

Staying at the forefront of the AdTech innovation curve will open doors to windfall profits.

The second media executive said that their company has “not seen a windfall of political dollars.”

From Digiday

The world’s rapid shift to online platforms during the pandemic is a windfall for artificial intelligence, he said.

From Fortune

Still, he says that there is “too much uncertainty” to begin lowering reserves, a move that would prove a windfall for profits, and could happen.

From Fortune

It generates tragedy, violence, and a windfall for undertakers.

And the boomers—at least those in the more affluent classes—are about to get yet another windfall.

With some areas, the differences are stark in terms of where this windfall lands.

Is this ignorant and sanitized speech truly a windfall for feminism?

The Vatican reinvested about 60% of its windfall in government bonds.

Since the announcement of this windfall we understand that the beneficiaries have been overwhelmed with offers of marriage.

At the sound there was a sudden rustling in the bushes behind the windfall.

The Institution had just had a windfall in the shape of one of those agreeable 1000l.

Ay, my boy, there it is—no doing in this world without the needful, and I'm not the ass to fight shy of such a windfall.

With a great expenditure of time and patience I have at last had this windfall, very rarely, I admit.


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