[wind-roh, win-]
  1. a row or line of hay raked together to dry before being raked into heaps.
  2. any similar row, as of sheaves of grain, made for the purpose of drying.
  3. a row of dry leaves, dust, etc., swept together by the wind.
verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange in a windrow.

Origin of windrow

First recorded in 1515–25; wind1 + row1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for windrow

Historical Examples of windrow

  • When completed it appeared like a windrow of freshly raked shrubs.

  • On the hay-slews we had to prime the rake with old hay 'fore we could make a windrow.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • It should be cut just as it is coming into flower, and should be cured in the windrow.

    The Fat of the Land

    John Williams Streeter

  • Mark and Mr. Royden threw on the remainder of the windrow, making a large, unshapely load.

    Father Brighthopes

    John Townsend Trowbridge

  • Now and then the gray squirrel came down from a tree and ran over the windrow.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for windrow


  1. a long low ridge or line of hay or a similar crop, designed to achieve the best conditions for drying or curing
  2. a line of leaves, snow, dust, etc, swept together by the wind
  1. (tr) to put (hay or a similar crop) into windrows
Derived Formswindrower, noun
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Word Origin and History for windrow

1520s, from wind (n.1) + row (n.). Because it is exposed to the wind for drying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper