- an unexpected gain, piece of good fortune, or the like.
- something blown down by the wind, as fruit.
- accruing in unexpectedly large amounts: windfall profits.
Origin of windfall
Examples from the Web for windfall
It generates tragedy, violence, and a windfall for undertakers.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
With some areas, the differences are stark in terms of where this windfall lands.Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live
October 31, 2014
Is this ignorant and sanitized speech truly a windfall for feminism?Lana Del Rey and the Fault in Our ‘Feminist’ Stars
June 11, 2014
The Vatican reinvested about 60% of its windfall in government bonds.How the Catholic Church Got in Bed with Mussolini
February 5, 2014
But then I learned about “glitching,” the exploitation of programming bugs that can provide a windfall of GTA money.My Secret Life in Los Santos
November 29, 2013
The man who gets a windfall spends his days watching the wind.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
I agreed to everything, and was only too delighted at such a windfall.My Double Life
It's like a windfall, like a godsend, like an unexpected piece of luck.Youth
M'Glashan's instinct told him that 'Lorrequer' was a windfall.
Snuffy's as poor as Job's turkey; it was a windfall for him.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901
Lucy Maud Montgomery
- a piece of unexpected good fortune, esp financial gain
- something blown down by the wind, esp a piece of fruit
- mainly US and Canadian a plot of land covered with trees blown down by the wind
Word Origin and History for windfall
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.