Synonyms of wind in English:

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  • 1 the slender pine trees were swaying in the wind
    air current, current of air;
    gale, hurricane;
    informal blow
    literary zephyr
  • 2 he waited while Jez got his wind back
    informal puff
  • 3 you do talk a lot of wind
    boastful talk, bombast, bluster, fanfaronade
    Scottish & Northern English informal havers
    Irish informal codology
    North American informal garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa
    informal, dated bunkum, tommyrot
    vulgar slang shit, crap, bullshit, bollocks, balls
    Australian/New Zealand vulgar slang bulldust
  • 5 a concerto for piano, violin, and wind
  • Phrases

    get wind of
    informal White House officials got wind of the plan
    hear about/of, learn of, find out about, become aware of, be made aware of, be told about, be informed of, hear tell of, have brought to one's notice
    informal hear something on the grapevine
    in the wind
    there is trouble in the wind
    on the way, coming, about to happen, in the offing, in the air, close at hand, on the horizon, approaching, imminent, impending, looming, brewing, afoot;
    likely, probable
    informal on the cards
    put the wind up someone
    British informal stop playing silly buggers—you're putting the wind up me
    [Antonyms] reassure
    scare, frighten, make afraid, make nervous, throw into a panic, panic, alarm, unnerve
    informal give someone the heebie-jeebies
    North American informal spook

    Word links

    aeolian relating to the wind
    anemo- related prefix, as in anemotropic
    anemometer instrument for measuring wind speed
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    Synonyms of wind in English:

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    wind 2


  • 1 the road winds up through the mountainside to the village
    twist and turn, twist, turn, bend, curve, loop, zigzag, weave, snake, meander, ramble;
  • 2 he wound a towel around his midriff he wound a lock of her hair round his fingers
    wrap, furl, fold;
    entwine, lace, wreathe
  • 3 Anne wound the wool into a ball
    coil, roll, twist, twine;
  • Phrases

    wind down
  • 1 informal he needed to wind down after the spiralling tensions of the day
    relax, unwind, calm down, cool down/off, ease up/off, take it easy, rest, put one's feet up
    North American informal hang loose, stay loose, chill out, chill, kick back
  • 2 the campaign was winding down
    draw to a close, come to an end, tail off, taper off, diminish, lessen, dwindle, decline;
    slacken off, slack off, slow down
    [Antonyms] escalate
  • wind something down
    a decision was taken to wind down the property development business
    [Antonyms] expand
    bring to a close/end, wind up, run down, close down, phase out;
    North American  close out
    wind up
    informal it's no wonder he wound up in hospital
    informal fetch up
    wind someone up
  • 1British informal I knew Katie was just winding me up
    tease, make fun of, chaff;
    annoy, vex
    informal take the mickey out of, send up, rib, josh, kid, have on, pull someone's leg, rag
    North American informal goof on, rag on, put on, pull someone's chain, razz, fun, shuck
    Australian/New Zealand informal poke mullock at, poke borak at, sling off at
    British vulgar slang take the piss out of
    dated make sport of, twit
  • 2 Alan was getting hot under the collar—David seemed to be winding him up on purpose
  • wind something up
  • 1 Richard wound up the meeting just before noon
    conclude, bring to an end/close, end, terminate, finish;
    tie up, tie up the loose ends of
    informal wrap up
    [Antonyms] open, begin
  • 2 the company has since been wound up
    close (down), dissolve, liquidate, put into liquidation
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