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

noun British Dialect.

a withered stalk of any of various grasses.
any of various long-stalked species of grass.
any tall, thin person.
any light or flimsy material or object.

Nearby words

  1. windjammer,
  2. windlass,
  3. windle,
  4. windless,
  5. windlessly,
  6. windmill,
  7. windmill grass,
  8. windom peak,
  9. window,
  10. window back

Also especially Scot., winlestrae.

Origin of windlestraw

before 1000; Old English windelstrēaw (not attested in ME). See windle, straw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for windlestraw

  • 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


noun Irish, Scot and English dialect

the dried stalk of any of various grasses
anything weak or feeble, esp a thin unhealthy person

Word Origin for windlestraw

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

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