the trachea of an air-breathing vertebrate.

Origin of windpipe

First recorded in 1520–30; wind1 + pipe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for windpipe

esophagus, larynx, gullet, maw, passage, gorge, pharynx, trachea, thorax, fauces

Examples from the Web for windpipe

Contemporary Examples of windpipe

Historical Examples of windpipe

  • Then he gurgled in the darkness as if somebody's fingers had clamped his windpipe.

  • When deaf is squeezin' of me windpipe, I shall 'ave a laugh in it!

  • Overcoming a nervous contraction of the windpipe, I had managed to exclaim "Captain Falk!"


    Joseph Conrad

  • The stem of the tree or bush becomes the windpipe (trachea).

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson

  • Careful skinning brings you to the neck and windpipe, which also cut off.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

British Dictionary definitions for windpipe



a nontechnical name for trachea (def. 1) Related adjective: tracheal
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Word Origin and History for windpipe

"trachea," 1520s, from wind (n.1) in the "breath" sense + pipe (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

windpipe in Medicine




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windpipe in Science



See trachea.
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