Past Tense Of Wind – Wound or Winded?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Wind?

The past tense of “wind” is “wound” or “winded”. We use “winded” when it means to cause someone to have difficulty breathing or notice the presence of something by its scent. Wound is usually used when it refers to “to twist” something.

The past participle of wind is also wound. Check out this table for more details.

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) wind
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form winds
Past Form (V2) wound/winded
Past Participle Form (V3) wound
Present Participle/Gerund winding

How To Pronounce Wind And Wound Correctly? 

Depending on the definition, wind can be pronounced in two ways: /wɪnd/ or /waɪnd/.

  • Pronounce as /wɪnd/ when it means to make somebody breathless or to pat somebody for burping.
  • Pronounce as /waɪnd/ when it means to have many twists or to twist something.

You can check out the table below and practice pronouncing: 

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
wind /wɪnd/













/waʊnd/ /waʊnd/
winding /’wɪndɪŋ/




How to say wind and wound correctly? You can watch this video:

How to say winded:

What Are The Definitions Of The Verb “Wind”? How To Use Wound And Winded?

As the past tense of “wind,” winded and wound are used to describe an action or an event that has already happened in the past. Below are some examples of how to use them in different contexts:

We use “wound” as the past tense of wind with the below meanings:

  • To pat/gently hit/rub a baby’s back to make it burp. (Click here to see the past tense of hit)

Example 1: She gently wound her hand in circles on the baby’s back until it burped.

Example 2: The father carefully wound over the baby’s breasts, helping it release trapped gas in the stomach.

  • To have many bends and twists.

Example 1: The narrow path wound through the forest, taking us on a winding journey.

Example 2: The river wound through the valley, creating a picturesque scene with twists and turns.

  • To twist or wrap something around something several times. (It’s synonymous with wrap, twine, wrap up, envelope, and surround).

Example 1: He wound the rope tightly around the pole, securing it in place.

Example 2: She wound the wire around the frame, creating a strong structure for the artwork.

We use “winded” with the meaning “to make it hard for someone to breathe for a short time.”

Example 1: A tight bandage winded around his chest. He tried to breathe but gave up in vain.

Example 2: Johana couldn’t breathe because a snake winded her neck. Luckily, she was also rescued with everyone’s help.


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Past Tense Of Wind

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Last night, he carefully _____ the ribbon around the gift, adding a final touch of elegance.

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After I had ____ the clock, I realized that it had stopped working.

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Last year, the ancient tree's branches ____ and intertwined, creating a magical canopy of shade. This year, they were all cut down.

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A scarf accidentally ____ her face, suffocating her momentarily.

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The road up the mountain _____ steeply in 1990, but now it's not like that anymore.

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She is ____ the vines around the trellis, creating a beautiful natural decoration.

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Yesterday John had a full stomach, and his mom tenderly ____ her fingers along his spine, making him better.

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Is “Wind” Can Be Used As A Noun?

Yes, the word “wind” can be used as an English noun. Below are its meanings:

  • Wind refers to the natural movement of air, such as a gentle breeze or a strong gust. 

Example: The stellar wind blew through the trees, creating a soothing rustling sound.

  • Wind refers to the act of turning, wrapping, or twisting something around something.

Example: She gave the kite string a strong wind around the spool, preparing it for a high-flying adventure in the sky.

What Does “Wind Somebody Around Your Little Finger” Mean?

The idiom “wind somebody around your little finger” means to persuade or influence someone to do anything for you. Here are two examples:

  • Sarah has such a charming personality that she can easily wind people around her little finger.
  • With his persuasive tactics, the salesman wound the hesitant customers around his little finger, convincing them to make a purchase.

Can We Use “Winded” As An Adjective?

Yes, “winded” can be used as an adjective. It describes a temporary state of being out of breath or exhausted due to physical exertion. 

  • Example 1: After running the marathon, he was completely winded and had to catch his breath before speaking.
  • Example 2: The hiker reached the mountain peak, feeling winded from the steep ascent and thin air at high altitude.

What Do “Wind Down” And “Wind Up” Mean?

Wind down is a phrasal verb that has 2 main meanings:

  • To gradually relax after an activity, towards the end of the day, or a period of time.

Example: The yoga class helps me to wind down and release the stress from the day.

Example: As the sun set, the bustling city gradually wound down, becoming quieter and calmer.

Wind up is also a phrasal verb with 2 meanings:

  • To be in a place or situation.

Example: After years of traveling, she never expected to wind up in a small coastal town.

  • To end a meeting or a speech.

Example: The chairman thanked everyone for their contributions and then wound up the meeting.

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