a waterproof hat, often of oilskin, having the brim very broad behind and slanted, worn especially by seamen.
an oilskin slicker, fastening with buckles, worn especially by seamen in rough weather.
Origin of sou'wester
First recorded in 1830–40; reduced form of southwester
Also called nor'wester (for defs 1, 2).
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Historical Examples of sou'wester
a waterproof hat having a very broad rim behind, worn esp by seamen
Word Origin for sou'wester
C19: a contraction of southwester
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