English edit

Tree on a windy day

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English windy, from Old English windiġ (windy), from Proto-Germanic *windigaz (windy), equivalent to wind +‎ -y. Cognate with Saterland Frisian wiendich (windy), West Frisian winich (windy), Dutch winderig (windy), German Low German windig (windy), German windig (windy), Swedish vindig (windy), Icelandic vindugur (windy).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈwɪndi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪndi

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windy (comparative windier, superlative windiest)

  1. Accompanied by wind.
    It was a long and windy night.
  2. Unsheltered and open to the wind.
    They shagged in a windy bus shelter.
  3. Empty and lacking substance.
    They made windy promises they would not keep.
  4. Long-winded; orally verbose.
  5. (informal) Flatulent.
    The Tex-Mex meal had made them somewhat windy.
  6. (slang) Nervous, frightened.
    • 1995, Pat Barker, The Ghost Road, Penguin, published 2014, The Regeneration Trilogy, page 848:
      The thing is he's not windy, he's a perfectly good soldier, no more than reasonably afraid of rifle and machine-gun bullets, shells, grenades.
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Noun edit

windy (plural windies)

  1. (colloquial) A fart.
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Etymology 2 edit

wind (to curve, bend) +‎ -y

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈwaɪndi/
    • (file)

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windy (comparative windier, superlative windiest)

  1. (of a path etc) Having many bends; winding, twisting or tortuous.
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Due to ambiguity with the homograph described above, the word winding is generally preferred in print.

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