[ win-dl-straw, win-l- ]

nounBritish Dialect.
  1. a withered stalk of any of various grasses.

  2. any of various long-stalked species of grass.

  1. any tall, thin person.

  2. any light or flimsy material or object.

Origin of windlestraw

before 1000; Old English windelstrēaw (not attested in ME). See windle, straw

Words Nearby windlestraw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use windlestraw in a sentence

  • But before I found them I encountered a windlestraw which showed which way blew the wind and gave promise of a very gale.

British Dictionary definitions for windlestraw


/ (ˈwɪndəlˌstrɔː) /

nounIrish, Scot and English dialect
  1. the dried stalk of any of various grasses

  2. anything weak or feeble, esp a thin unhealthy person

Origin of windlestraw

Old English windelstrēaw, from windel basket, from windan to wind ² + strēaw straw 1

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