[nawrth-ee-ster; Nautical nawr-ee-ster]

Origin of northeaster

First recorded in 1765–75; northeast + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for northeaster

Historical Examples of northeaster

  • The northeaster did not disturb them seriously, for they were in camp with plenty to eat.

    The Island of Yellow Sands

    E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill

  • A northeaster in one place may be an easter, a norther, or a souther in some other locality.

  • The measured mile was soon reached, and then in the teeth of the northeaster she tore through the water.

  • A winter midnight was on the woods, while a northeaster smote the coast, a dozen miles away, with the million sledges of the surf.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • It is only when the northeaster soughs in the eaves and brings him leisure that he drops into narrative.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

British Dictionary definitions for northeaster


  1. a strong wind or storm from the northeast
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