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”).
- Accompanied by wind.
- It was a long and windy night.
- Unsheltered and open to the wind.
- They shagged in a windy bus shelter.
- Empty and lacking substance.
- They made windy promises they would not keep.
- Long-winded; orally verbose.
- (informal) Flatulent.
- The Tex-Mex meal had made them somewhat windy.
- (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.
- (accompanied by wind): blowy, blustery, breezy
- See also Thesaurus:verbose
- See also Thesaurus:flatulent
windy (plural windies)
Due to ambiguity with the homograph described above, the word winding is generally preferred in print.