open or exposed to the wind: a wind-swept beach.

Origin of wind-swept

First recorded in 1805–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for windswept

Contemporary Examples of windswept

Historical Examples of windswept

  • It was raining, the long stretches of salt marsh were windswept and brown and bleak.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He passed through the airlock and out into the windswept desert.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • But no cloud ever managed to look so rocky, so windswept, or so welcome.

  • Some in Turkish waters, others by the windswept heights of Norway and the Dane!


    Oscar Wilde

  • Who then are these people, and how do they live upon so small and windswept an island?

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for windswept



open to or swept by the wind
another word for windblown (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for windswept

1932, originally of hair, from wind (n.1) + past participle of sweep.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper