sou'wester

[ sou-wes-ter ]
/ ˌsaʊˈwɛs tər /

noun

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.

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Also called nor'wester (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of sou'wester

First recorded in 1830–40; reduced form of southwester

Words nearby sou'wester

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Example sentences from the Web for sou'wester

  • Occasionally applied to those men who cleanse the sewers, and who wear great boots and sou-wester hats.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
  • Dead south-west for a miracle—cant go a step down the Channel in a sou-wester!

British Dictionary definitions for sou'wester

sou'wester
/ (saʊˈwɛstə) /

noun

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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