[ weth-erd ]
/ ˈwɛð ərd /


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

First recorded in 1780–90; weather + -ed2

Related forms

un·weath·ered, adjective

Definition for weathered (2 of 2)


[ weth-er ]
/ ˈwɛð ər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of weather

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English weder; cognate with Dutch weder, German Wetter, Old Norse vethr

Related forms

weath·er·er, noun

Can be confused

weather whether whither wither (see synonym study at wither)

Word story

Weather and its (Germanic) kindred terms wind and window are derivatives of the very common, very complicated Proto-Indo-European root awe-, awē-, wē- “to blow.” The variant awe- is the source of Germanic wedram “storm, weather” (Old English weder, English weather ). The suffixed variant wēn- forms Latin ventum “wind,” and English wind and window.
Window is first recorded in Middle English in the first half of the 13th century. It comes from Old Norse vindauga “wind eye,” originally an opening in a gable or roof to release smoke and admit light. (The Old Norse word came into Old English before the initial w- became v- in literary Old Norse.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for weathered (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwɛðəd) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for weathered (2 of 2)


/ (ˈwɛðə) /



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


Derived Forms

weatherability, 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 weathered


[ 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 weathered


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

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Idioms and Phrases with weathered


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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