verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of winnow
Examples from the Web for winnow
Real "agriculture" is not pleasant; much pleasanter to reap and winnow (with ballot-box or otherwise) than to plough!Latter-Day Pamphlets|Thomas Carlyle
Perhaps it was; for if the Romans had begun to winnow grain, they might have learned to winnow other things besides grain.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber|James Aitken Wylie
In the village of Isser Jang on the road to Montgomery there be four changar women who winnow corn—some seventy bushels a year.From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
But it is no very difficult task to winnow the chaff from the wheat, and the result will amply repay the labor.
He has to cut the crops, carry them to the barn (kalam), separate the corn from the stalk, and winnow it.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for winnow
- a device for winnowing
- the act or process of winnowing
Word Origin for winnow
Word Origin and History for winnow
Old English windwian, from wind "air in motion, paring down," see wind (n.1). Cognate with Old Norse vinza, Old High German winton "to fan, winnow," Gothic diswinþjan "to throw (grain) apart," Latin vannus "winnowing fan."