[ hou-it-ser ]
/ ˈhaʊ ɪt sər /

noun Ordnance.

a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench.

Nearby words

  1. howells, william dean,
  2. however,
  3. however much,
  4. howf,
  5. howff,
  6. howk,
  7. howl,
  8. howl down,
  9. howland island,
  10. howler

Origin of howitzer

1685–95; earlier hauwitzer < Dutch houvietser, equivalent to houviets- (< German Haubitze, Middle High German haufnitz < Czech houfnice slingshot) + -er -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for howitzer


/ (ˈhaʊɪtsə) /


a cannon having a short or medium barrel with a low muzzle velocity and a steep angle of fire

Word Origin for howitzer

C16: from Dutch houwitser, from German Haubitze, from Czech houfnice stone-sling

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Word Origin and History for howitzer



1680s, via Dutch houwitser (1660s), German Haubitze from Bohemian houfnice "a catapult," from houf "heap, crowd," a loan-word from Middle High German hufe "heap." Introduced to German during the Hussite wars, 14c.

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