- seasoned or otherwise affected by exposure to the weather.
- (of wood) artificially treated to seem discolored or stained by the action of air, rain, etc.
- (of rocks) worn, disintegrated, or changed in color or composition by weathering.
- Architecture. made sloping or inclined, as a window sill, to prevent the lodgment of water.
Origin of weathered
- the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc.
- a strong wind or storm or strong winds and storms collectively: We've had some real weather this spring.
- a weathercast: The radio announcer will read the weather right after the commercial.
- Usually weathers. changes or vicissitudes in one's lot or fortunes: She remained a good friend in all weathers.
- to expose to the weather; dry, season, or otherwise affect by exposure to the air or atmosphere: to weather lumber before marketing it.
- to discolor, disintegrate, or affect injuriously, as by the effects of weather: These crumbling stones have been weathered by the centuries.
- to bear up against and come safely through (a storm, danger, trouble, etc.): to weather a severe illness.
- Nautical. (of a ship, mariner, etc.) to pass or sail to the windward of: to weather a cape.
- Architecture. to cause to slope, so as to shed water.
- to undergo change, especially discoloration or disintegration, as the result of exposure to atmospheric conditions.
- to endure or resist exposure to the weather: a coat that weathers well.
- to go or come safely through a storm, danger, trouble, etc. (usually followed by through): It was a difficult time for her, but she weathered through beautifully.
- under the weather, Informal.
- 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
Examples from the Web for weathered
It was a look which suited Kate much better and weathered the summery temperatures more effortlessly.Why Kate's Hair Matters
July 3, 2014
Perfume bottles and weathered papyrus replicas gather dust in the grubby window displays of the empty shops.Egyptian Tomb-Robbing Market Explodes on eBay
May 31, 2014
It's a ghost town now, just a handful of weathered wooden buildings sagging beneath snow.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
By 1978, Mortimer had six children with four different men and had weathered a painful divorce, the basis for The Pumpkin Eater.The Neglected Penelope Mortimer Was a Novelist Ahead of Her Time
March 25, 2014
Why light candles and leave mementos out in the open to be weathered and ruined?David Best Creates a Temple Made of Memories Outside San Francisco
Debra A. Klein
February 14, 2014
At Otter Lake a much foliated and weathered phyllite was found.The Long Labrador Trail
They have weathered the storm, and may reasonably expect peace.Howards End
E. M. Forster
They wondered where he had "weathered it out;" disputed about it.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
A bolt struck us, clung for an instant; but we weathered it.
There was a rapt expression on Gregory's lined and weathered face.Homesick
- affected by exposure to the action of the weather
- (of rocks and rock formations) eroded, decomposed, or otherwise altered by the action of water, wind, frost, heat, etc
- (of a sill, roof, etc) having a sloped surface so as to allow rainwater to run off
- (of wood) artificially stained so as to appear weather-beatenweathered garden furniture
- 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
- a prevailing state or condition
- make heavy weather
- (of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas
- (foll by of)to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
- under the weather informal
- not in good health
- (prenominal) on or at the side or part towards the wind; windwardthe weather anchor Compare lee (def. 4)
- to expose or be exposed to the action of the weather
- to undergo or cause to undergo changes, such as discoloration, due to the action of the weather
- (intr) to withstand the action of the weather
- (when intr, foll by through) to endure (a crisis, danger, etc)
- (tr) to slope (a surface, such as a roof, sill, etc) so as to throw rainwater clear
- (tr) to sail to the windward ofto weather a point
Word Origin and History for weathered
"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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with weathered
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