Meaning of wynd in English:


Pronunciation /wʌɪnd/


Scottish, Northern English
  • A narrow street or alley.

    as name ‘Friars Wynd’
    • ‘Edinburgh's cobbled streets and wynds were perfect for scenes in the Julia Roberts-starring Jekyll and Hyde variation Mary Reilly, and were the setting for ITV's Dickensian Christmas extravaganza, Micawber, starring David Jason.’
    • ‘Much of the drama was shot in the narrow wynds of Edinburgh's Old Town and has a grim, claustrophobic feel that producer Ian Madden likens to the contemporary horror movie, Seven.’
    • ‘The historic town centre is a web of wynds and cobbled streets.’
    • ‘Following a wynd, we emerge on to St Mary's Street.’
    • ‘From the length of the Royal Mile runs a spider's web of cobbled alleyways, ancient courtyards and wynds.’
    • ‘The Scotsman, launched in 1817 as a radical alternative to an English-dominated press, had its readers queuing in the wynds of Edinburgh to get their hands on a copy.’
    • ‘As I prowl its gold-paved nooks and wynds, from bookie to bingo parlour, amusement arcade to Lotto shop, I sense fate has fingered me for imminent riches.’
    • ‘The tiny closes and wynds - entrances and alleyways - that line the street on either side offer glimpses of the Old and New Towns.’
    • ‘If I said I knew Edinburgh, I meant its chthonic parts, the wynds and stairs that deliver you quickly where you're going.’
    • ‘Watch out in the darkened closes and wynds of Edinburgh's Old Town, was the message from one of them to the new leader.’
    • ‘Stairs strewn with empty cider bottles lead down the wynd, just a few hundred yards down from the splendour of the Advocates Library and St Giles Cathedral, to the pubs and clubs of the Cowgate.’
    • ‘You can touch both sides of the wynd with your outstretched arms.’
    • ‘Off to the sides, however, the Royal Mile disintegrated into a hopeless muddle of squalid wynds and alleyways peopled by beggars, pickpockets and the poor.’
    • ‘The most wretched of the stationary population of which I have been able to obtain any account, or that I have ever seen, was that which I saw in company with Dr Arnott, and others, in the wynds of Edinburgh and Glasgow.’
    • ‘And with that Macfarlane took his departure and drove off up the wynd in his gig to get under cover before daylight.’
    • ‘The Golden Age seems akin to the city it so lovingly unfurls - uncertain of itself, elegant in parts and convoluted in others, but with no wynd or mews that does not conceal some ingenuity.’
    byroad, byway, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfare


Middle English apparently from the stem of the verb wind.