weather

[ weth-er ]
/ ˈwɛð ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    under the weather, Informal.
    1. somewhat indisposed; ailing; ill.
    2. suffering from a hangover.
    3. more or less drunk: Many fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are under the weather.

Origin of weather

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English weder; cognate with Dutch weder, German Wetter, Old Norse vethr
Related formsweath·er·er, noun
Can be confusedweather whether whither wither (see synonym study at wither)
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British Dictionary definitions for under the weather

weather

/ (ˈwɛðə) /

noun

adjective

(prenominal) on or at the side or part towards the wind; windwardthe weather anchor Compare lee (def. 4)

verb

Derived Formsweatherability, nounweatherer, noun

Word Origin for weather

Old English weder; related to Old Saxon wedar, Old High German wetar, Old Norse vethr
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Science definitions for under the weather

weather

[ wĕðər ]

The state of the atmosphere at a particular time and place. Weather is described in terms of variable conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind velocity, precipitation, and barometric pressure. Weather on Earth occurs primarily in the troposphere, or lower atmosphere, and is driven by energy from the Sun and the rotation of the Earth. The average weather conditions of a region over time are used to define a region's climate.
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Culture definitions for under the weather (1 of 2)

under the weather


Indisposed, unwell: “The day after the big party, Jay had to call in sick, saying he was feeling under the weather.”

Culture definitions for under the weather (2 of 2)

weather


The daily conditions of the atmosphere in terms of temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, and moisture.

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Idioms and Phrases with under the weather (1 of 2)

under the weather


Ailing, ill; also, suffering from a hangover. For example, She said she was under the weather and couldn't make it to the meeting. This expression presumably alludes to the influence of the weather on one's health. [Early 1800s] The same term is sometimes used as a euphemism for being drunk, as in After four drinks, Ellen was a bit under the weather.

Idioms and Phrases with under the weather (2 of 2)

weather


In addition to the idiom beginning with weather

  • weather the storm

also see:

  • fair-weather friend
  • heavy going (weather)
  • keep a weather eye out
  • under the weather
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