Origin of nor'wester

1695–1705; nor(th)wester Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for nor'wester

Historical Examples of nor'wester

  • Not that I think a man ought not to take a nor-wester or two, when he can get them.

    Peter Simple

    Frederick Marryat

  • Our hero's watch was over, and he came down and called for a "Nor-wester" as usual.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for nor'wester


  1. a less common name for sou'wester
  2. a drink of strong liquor
  3. a strong northwest wind
  4. NZ a hot dry wind from the Southern Alps

Word Origin for nor'wester

C18 (in the sense: storm from the northwest): a contraction of northwester
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