- a waterproof hat, often of oilskin, having the brim very broad behind and slanted, worn especially by seamen.
- an oilskin slicker, fastening with buckles, worn especially by seamen in rough weather.
- southwester(def 1).
Origin of sou'wester
First recorded in 1830–40; reduced form of southwester
Also called nor'wester (for defs 1, 2).
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Examples from the Web for sou'wester
- a waterproof hat having a very broad rim behind, worn esp by seamen
C19: a contraction of southwester
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