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adjective, wind·i·er, wind·i·est.
  1. accompanied or characterized by wind: a windy day.
  2. exposed to or swept by the wind: a windy hill.
  3. consisting of or resembling wind: a windy tempest of activity.
  4. toward the wind; windward.
  5. unsubstantial or empty.
  6. of the nature of, characterized by, or given to prolonged, empty talk; voluble; verbose; bombastic.
  7. characterized by or causing flatulence.
  8. Chiefly Scot. boastful.
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Origin of windy

before 900; Middle English; Old English windig. See wind1, -y1
Related formswind·i·ly, adverbwind·i·ness, nounun·wind·y, adjective
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Related Words

blustery, stormy, brisk, boisterous, gusty, windswept, airy, blowing, fresh, raw, tempestuous, wild, blowy, drafty, squally, bombastic, diffuse, empty, garrulous, inflated

Examples from the Web for windiest

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  • I confess to have been deceived about this Atlantic, the roughest and windiest of oceans.


    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Speaking, though it be but by the windiest of fictions, to a nation, is not a man pledged to respectful language?

  • Of one thing we were certain, and that was that Adelie Land was the windiest place in the world.

  • The windiest spot is at the corner of Second Avenue, Hove; the wind just there is almost enough to choke those who face it.

    The Open Air

    Richard Jefferies

  • It was the wettest spring, the coldest summer, the windiest autumn that I have ever known.

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar

    Godfrey Charles Morgan

British Dictionary definitions for windiest


adjective windier or windiest
  1. of, characterized by, resembling, or relating to wind; stormy
  2. swept by or open to powerful winds
  3. marked by or given to empty, prolonged, and often boastful speech; bombasticwindy orations
  4. void of substance
  5. an informal word for flatulent
  6. slang afraid; frightened; nervous
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Derived Formswindily, adverbwindiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for windiest



Old English windig; see wind (n.1) + -y (2).

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