The Wind Winds

Apparently, the wind can wind in Swiss and High German:

Es isch windig/es ist windig = it’s windy
Es windet = it winds [?]

Verbs to describe the wind

In English, the wind doesn’t wind, it blows or howls. There are other verbs, of course. Here are a few:

gust (to blow strongly for short periods of time)
lash (to blow against something with force)
drop (to become weaker)
pick up (to become stronger)
rise (to become stronger)

If you don’t want to use a verb, you can also say ‘it’s windy’ instead. This way, you’re using an adjective.

Wind as a verb

Note that the verb to wind does indeed exist in English. However, its meaning is unrelated to the wind. In fact, even the pronunciation differs:

wind (noun): /wɪnd/ 
wind (verb): /waɪnd/

The verb to wind (/waɪnd/) something is to turn, twist or coil something around something else, like winding a piece of string around your finger or winding wool into a ball of yarn. In German, the verb would be spulen, wickeln, winden or drehen. This is also where the verb to rewind comes from – back when we wound (past simple) VHS tapes or cassettes back to the beginning.

On the other hand, something can also wind by turning repeatedly, such as a winding river or a winding path. In this case, the German translation is schlängeln or sich schlängeln.



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