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† windfucker, n.

Etymology:  Compare ‘Fuckwind, a species of hawk. North.’ (Halliwell).

 1. A name for the kestrel: cf. windhover n.

1599   T. Nashe Lenten Stuffe 49   The kistrilles or windfuckers that filling themselues with winde, fly against the winde euermore.

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 2. fig. as a term of opprobrium.

?1602   Narcissus (MS Bodl. Rawl. poet. 212) (1893) MS. Rawl. Poet. 212, lf. 80,   I tell you, my little windfuckers, had not a certaine melancholye ingendred with a nippinge dolour overshadowed the sunne shine of my mirthe, I had beene I pre, sequor, one of your consorte.
?1611   G. Chapman in tr. Homer Iliads Pref. sig. A 4,   There is a certaine enuious Windfucker, that houers vp and downe, laboriously ingrossing al the air with his luxurious ambition.
1616   B. Jonson Epicœne i. iv, in Wks. I. 538   Did you euer heare such a wind-fucker, as this?
a1625   J. Fletcher Wit without Money (1639) iv. sig. H1v,   Husbands for Whores and Bawdes, away you wind-suckers [sic ed. 1639].

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