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[ok-ster] /ˈɒk stər/
noun, Scot. and North England.
the armpit.
Origin of oxter
1490-1500; akin to Old English ōcusta armpit, Old Norse (h)ōstr throat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for oxter
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  • The "oxter" is crooked because the arm is engaged carrying them.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • He twirls in reversed directions a clouded cane, then wedges it tight in his oxter.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • To those who know not the pipes, the feel of the bag in the oxter is a gaiety lost.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • Then Paruig pushed the bag further into his oxter, and the tune changed.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • And as she said this, she held up her oxter, as if to tak me below't.

  • With the bell carefully tucked under his oxter he gave forth his news in a rasping voice that broke now and again into a squeal.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • "There was many a good man went to the penny-a-week school with a sod of turf under his oxter," said Mr. Kernan sententiously.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • So Tammy and I had to oxter her out between us, and deliver the howdie herself—safe in at her own door.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • I'll look for ye comin' up the street next week wi' the charts under your oxter and your lad wi' ye.'

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • O'Grady drank a couple of naggins, put the pipes under his oxter (arm-pit) and said, "I'm ready to go with ye now."

British Dictionary definitions for oxter


(Scot & Irish, Northern English, dialect) the armpit
Word Origin
C16: from Old English oxta; related to Old High German Ahsala, Latin axilla
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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