[nawrth-wes-ter; Nautical nawr-wes-ter]


New England and South Atlantic States. a wind or gale from the northwest.

Origin of northwester

First recorded in 1725–35; northwest + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for northwester

Historical Examples of northwester

  • They've got no harbour there at all with a cat's paw of a breeze, let alone a northwester.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • A northwester was blowing, and the weather-wise said that there would be snow ere morning.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • His engine played out and he got blown off by a northwester.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman

  • "Northwester coming," said the Tennessee Shad under his breath.

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

  • She headed thence for Portsmouth, when she was overtaken in the Channel by the northwester.

British Dictionary definitions for northwester



a strong wind or storm from the northwest
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