adjective, wind·i·er, wind·i·est.

Origin of windy

before 900; Middle English; Old English windig. See wind1, -y1
Related formswind·i·ly, adverbwind·i·ness, nounun·wind·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


adjective windier or windiest

of, characterized by, resembling, or relating to wind; stormy
swept by or open to powerful winds
marked by or given to empty, prolonged, and often boastful speech; bombasticwindy orations
void of substance
an informal word for flatulent
slang afraid; frightened; nervous
Derived Formswindily, adverbwindiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for windily



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

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