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[south-wes-ter; Nautical sou-wes-ter]
  1. a wind, gale, or storm from the southwest.
  2. sou'wester(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of southwester

First recorded in 1825–35; southwest + -er1
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Examples from the Web for southwester

Historical Examples of southwester

  • He was like a grampus when he set his teeth, and a southwester couldn't blow harder if he chose.

    The Knight of the Golden Melice

    John Turvill Adams

British Dictionary definitions for southwester


  1. a strong wind or storm from the southwest
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