Synonyms of wind in English:


Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘tinned’


  • 1 the slender pine trees were swaying in the wind
    breeze; air current, current of air; gale, hurricane; draught
    informal blow
    literary zephyr
  • 2 he waited while Jez got his wind back
    informal puff
  • 3 you do talk a lot of wind
    nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, bletherboastful 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 planhear about/oflearn offind out aboutbecome aware ofbe made aware ofbe told aboutbe informed ofhear tell ofhave brought to one's notice informalhear something on the grapevine

    in the wind

    there is trouble in the windon the waycomingabout to happenin the offingin the airclose at handon the horizonapproachingimminentimpendingloomingbrewingafootlikelyprobable informalon the cards

    put the wind up someone

    British informal stop playing silly buggers—you're putting the wind up me
    [Antonyms] reassure
    scarefrightenmake afraidmake nervousthrow into a panicpanicalarmunnerve informalgive someone the heebie-jeebiesNorth American informalspook

    Word links

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

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    Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
    deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected

    Synonyms of wind in English:


    Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘mind’


  • 1 the road winds up through the mountainside to the village
    twist and turn, twist, turn, bend, curve, loop, zigzag, weave, snake, meander, ramble; swerve, veer
  • 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; reel
  • 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/endwind uprun downclose downphase outNorth Americanclose out

    wind up

    informal it's no wonder he wound up in hospitalend upfinish upfind oneselfland upland oneself informalfetch 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
  • 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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