windburn [wind-burn] Word Origin noun

  1. an inflammation of the skin, especially that of the face and hands, caused by overexposure to the wind.

Origin of windburn First recorded in 1920–25; wind1 + burn1 Related formswind·burned, adjective British Dictionary definitions for windburn windburn noun

  1. irritation and redness of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to winds of high velocity

Derived Formswindburnt or windburned, adjective windburn in Medicine windburn [wĭnd′bûrn′] n.

  1. A reddened irritation of the skin caused by exposure to the wind.

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