Meaning of windigo in English:


(also wendigo)

Pronunciation /ˈwɪndɪɡəʊ/

nounwindigos, windigoes

  • (in the folklore of the northern Algonquian Indians) a cannibalistic giant; a person who has been transformed into a monster by the consumption of human flesh.

    ‘In the depths of the winter, the windigo seeks to feast on human flesh.’
    • ‘Manjimanidoo or evil spirits existed; windigos were especially terrifying spirits who dwelled within lakes and practiced cannibalism.’
    • ‘I must see a traveling paper, then you may come stay the night with us so as you will be safe from the wendigos.’
    • ‘There's something we forgot to tell you about the wendigo.’
    • ‘I only hope the Kudo comes and gets him in the night, like the wendigo.’


From Ojibwa wintiko.