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oxter

[ok-ster]
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noun Scot. and North England.
  1. the armpit.
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Origin of oxter

1490–1500; akin to Old English ōcusta armpit, Old Norse (h)ōstr throat
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Related Words for oxter

axilla, oxter

Examples from the Web for oxter

Historical Examples of oxter

  • The "oxter" is crooked because the arm is engaged carrying them.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • He twirls in reversed directions a clouded cane, then wedges it tight in his oxter.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • To those who know not the pipes, the feel of the bag in the oxter is a gaiety lost.

  • Then Paruig pushed the bag further into his oxter, and the tune changed.

  • And as she said this, she held up her oxter, as if to tak me below't.


British Dictionary definitions for oxter

oxter

noun
  1. Scot, Irish and Northern English dialect the armpit
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Word Origin for oxter

C16: from Old English oxta; related to Old High German Ahsala, Latin axilla
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