Green’s Dictionary of Slang

windy adj.2

[get one’s/the wind up under wind n.2 ]

(usu. UK juv.) cowardly, scared.

[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 359: ‘By G-d! that’s the seventh straight bet I’ve lost,’ he cried, looking around for sympathy. ‘Yer too windy, Grummy,’ said an elderly gentleman seated near him.
[NZ]R.N. Gray letter in Phillips, Boyack & Malone Great Adventure (1988) 1 Jan. 110: I am still a bit shaky, and if I had to return to the line immediately would be a bit windy I’m afraid. [Ibid.] 12 Mar. 4/2: The cookhouse, which the windy Babbler had well dug in out of reach of Fritz’s hate-stuff.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Final Count 933: There was every excuse, if you like, for being windy when we were in London.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 233: Windy bastard, he didn’t half look scared.
[UK]C. Day Lewis Otterbury Incident 39: Toppy’s lot all started to jeer at us for being windy.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: What’s the matter, Whitto? Getting windy?
[UK]C. Wood ‘Spare’ in Cockade (1965) I i: spratt: What’s up son? harry: I’m not sure. spratt: Bit windy son?
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 38: The security man was co-operating though windy.
[UK]S. Gee Never in My Lifetime in Best Radio Plays (1984) 71: tom: She came at me. Right at me. charlie: So don’t get windy .
[Ire]J. O’Connor Salesman 243: Yer windy, Homer. Know what that means where I’m from? Means yer fuckin’ yellow. You’re scared.

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