[ south-wes-ter; Nautical sou-wes-ter ]

  1. a wind, gale, or storm from the southwest.

Origin of southwester

First recorded in 1825–35; southwest + -er1

Words Nearby southwester Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use southwester in a sentence

  • There's a nice southwester blowing now, and under the big lugsail we ought to overhaul the canoe before he does so.

    The League of the Leopard | Harold Bindloss
  • In six days we had two stiff blows, and, in addition, one proper southwester and one rip-snorting southeaster.

    The Human Drift | Jack London
  • 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
  • "It is the raw southwester that gets to the bone," replied Inspector Dickson.

British Dictionary definitions for southwester


/ (ˌsaʊθˈwɛstə, nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛstə) /

  1. a strong wind or storm from the southwest

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