verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- somewhat indisposed; ailing; ill.
- suffering from a hangover.
- more or less drunk: Many fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are under the weather.
Origin of weather
Related Words for under the weatherailing, bedridden, diseased, ill, run-down, sick, sickly, unhealthy, unwell
- the day-to-day meteorological conditions, esp temperature, cloudiness, and rainfall, affecting a specific placeCompare climate (def. 1)
- (modifier)relating to the forecasting of weathera weather ship
- (of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas
- (foll by of)to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
- not in good health
Word Origin for weather
"come through safely," 1650s, from weather (n.). Sense of "wear away by exposure" is from 1757. Related: Weathered; weathering.
Old English weder, from Proto-Germanic *wedran (cf. Old Saxon wedar, Old Norse veðr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch weder, Old High German wetar, German Wetter "storm, wind, weather"), from PIE *we-dhro-, "weather," from root *we- "to blow" (see wind (n.)). Spelling with -th- first appeared 15c., though pronunciation may be much older.
Weather-beaten is from 1520s. Under the weather "indisposed" is from 1827. Greek had words for "good weather" (aithria, eudia) and words for "storm" and "winter," but no generic word for "weather" until kairos (literally "time") began to be used as such in Byzantine times. Latin tempestas "weather" (see tempest) also originally meant "time;" and words for "time" also came to mean weather in Irish (aimsir), Serbo-Croatian (vrijeme), Polish (czas), etc.
under the weather
Indisposed, unwell: “The day after the big party, Jay had to call in sick, saying he was feeling under the weather.”
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with weather
- weather the storm
- fair-weather friend
- heavy going (weather)
- keep a weather eye out
- under the weather