[ nawr-ther ]

  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.

Origin of norther

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; north + -er1

Words Nearby norther Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use norther in a sentence

  • On one occasion a "norther" came up, and for several days the seamen could (p. 670) not get back to their ships.

  • The cuts made good wind-breaks, and whenever there was a norther they were chuck full of cattle.

    The Nerve of Foley | Frank H. Spearman
  • Soon after the commencement of the siege, a "norther" prevailed, which rendered it impossible to land heavy ordnance.

  • A fierce norther was blowing, and the harbor was filled with shipping that could not bear up against such a tornado.

    Mexico and its Religion | Robert A. Wilson
  • On the third day of our march, a severe snow-storm set in, accompanied by a fierce north wind—a genuine "norther."

British Dictionary definitions for norther


/ (ˈnɔːðə) /

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

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