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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.


    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


  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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