Main definitions of whin in English

: whin1whin2

whin1

noun

mainly Northern English
  • Furze; gorse.

    ‘So she is understandably dismissive of the dismal gorse and whin on view outside the living room window of her Council house.’
    • ‘A land where plastic shamrocks are rare, whin bushes are plentiful and the green isn't made in Taiwan.’
    • ‘Beyond that, weed draped on fence wire and whin bushes by the roadside, marked a Princess.’
    • ‘Cassiopeia was over Cassidy's hanging hill, I looked and three whin bushes rode across The horizon - the Three Wise Kings.’

Pronunciation

whin

/(h)win/ /(h)wɪn/

Origin

Late Middle English probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish ven ‘bent grass’.

Main definitions of whin in English

: whin1whin2

whin2

noun

(also whinstone)
British
  • Hard, dark basaltic rock such as that of the Whin Sill in Northern England.

Pronunciation

whin

/(h)win/ /(h)wɪn/

Origin

Middle English of unknown origin.