[ wind-pahyp ]
See synonyms for windpipe on
  1. the trachea of an air-breathing vertebrate.

Origin of windpipe

First recorded in 1520–30; wind1 + pipe1

Words Nearby windpipe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use windpipe in a sentence

  • This time when he woke up, he had a hole in his windpipe, could not speak, and could barely write.

    Mailer's Final Gift | Lawrence Schiller | February 5, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • His neck was torn open, bitten right through to the windpipe, the blood still dripping from it into a dark pool on the carpet.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • It subsequently loses its connection with the pharynx, and in adult life is a bilobed structure on either side of the windpipe.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • He didn't seem to hear Frey, and he increased the pressure of his fingers around Daisy's windpipe.

  • Captain Walpole, of the Engineers, was shot in the thigh, and a blow from an assigai upon the neck laid bare the windpipe.

  • "Only as you speak truly, may you keep a whole windpipe;—if not—" The silence was the most terrible threat.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for windpipe


/ (ˈwɪndˌpaɪp) /

  1. a nontechnical name for trachea (def. 1) Related adjective: tracheal

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Scientific definitions for windpipe


[ wĭndpīp′ ]

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