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windy

[win-dee]
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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Examples from the Web for windily

Historical Examples of windily

  • "Windily," suggested Connie, who remained to witness the exhibition.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston

  • “Oh, I know all about that,” sighed the fleshy lady, windily.

  • Then she turned and fled to the front porch and breathed deeply and windily of the heady September Wisconsin morning air.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

  • It is hideous, of course, even more hideous than Toronto or Montreal; but cheerily and windily so.


British Dictionary definitions for windily

windy

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 windily

windy

adj.

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

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