Winnow - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈwɪnoʊ|  American pronunciation of the word winnow
Brit.  |ˈwɪnəʊ|  British pronunciation of the word winnow


- the act of separating grain from chaff(syn: sifting, winnowing)


- separate the chaff from grain by using air currents
- blow on
- select desirable parts from a group or list
- blow away or off with a current of air(syn: fan)


The least qualified applicants were winnowed out of the initial pool.

Harvesters winnowed the chaff from the wheat.

We need to winnow the list of candidates to three.

the winnowing was done by women

She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field

The wind was winnowing her hair

winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants

Word forms

I/you/we/they: winnow
he/she/it: winnows
present participle: winnowing
past tense: winnowed
past participle: winnowed
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