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[wuhth -er] /ˈwʌð ər/
verb (used without object), British Dialect.
(of wind) to blow fiercely.
Origin of wuther
1846; variant of dial. and Scots whither, Middle English (Scots) quhediren; compare Old Norse hvitha squall of wind Unabridged
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  • By a strange freak of publishing, the book was issued as wuthering Heights, vol.

    Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle Clement K. Shorter
  • We recognise Charlotte's sister; but not the author of 'wuthering Heights.'

    Emily Bront A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • So much share in 'wuthering Heights' Branwell certainly had.

    Emily Bront A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • But "wuthering Heights" is a marvellous curiosity in literature.

    The Bront Family, Vol. 2 of 2 Francis A. Leyland
  • wuthering Heights rose above this silvery vapour; but our old house was invisible; it rather dips down on the other side.

    Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • wuthering Heights is her only novel, for she died the year after its publication.

    The Age of Tennyson Hugh Walker
British Dictionary definitions for wuthering


adjective (Northern English, dialect)
(of a wind) blowing strongly with a roaring sound
(of a place) characterized by such a sound
Word Origin
variant of whitherin, from whither blow, from Old Norse hvithra; related to hvitha squall of wind, Old English hweothu wind
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Word Origin and History for wuthering

Northern England dialectal variant of Scottish and dialectal whithering "rushing, whizzing, blustering," from a verb whither (late 14c.) which was used in reference to gusts of wind and coughing fits, from Old Norse *hviðra (cf. Norwegian kvidra "to go quickly to and fro," related to Old English hwiþa "air, breeze").

Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling. 'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed, in stormy weather. [Emily Brontë, "Wuthering Heights," 1847]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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