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[nawr-th er]
  1. Chiefly Texas and Oklahoma. a cold gale from the north, formed during the winter by a vigorous outbreak of continental polar air behind a cold front.
  2. a wind or storm from the north.
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Origin of norther

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; north + -er1
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Examples from the Web for norther

Historical Examples

  • It looks some as if we might catch a norther by way of variety.

    Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848


  • The mistake I made was in driving the mules after the "norther" commenced.

    The Prairie Traveler

    Randolph Marcy

  • When it came to an end, all vanished together—the norther had exhausted its strength.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

  • This was said to be the most violent Norther that had visited Vera Cruz in a century.

    Mexico and its Religion

    Robert A. Wilson

  • They quite comprehend the position in which the norther has placed them.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for norther


  1. mainly Southern US a wind or storm from the north
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