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  1. a wind or storm coming from the west.
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Origin of wester1

First recorded in 1920–25; west + -er1


verb (used without object)
  1. (of heavenly bodies) to move or tend westward.
  2. to shift or veer toward the west.
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Origin of wester2

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at west, -er6
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Examples from the Web for wester

Historical Examples

  • "Do—with—him," slowly repeated the Nor'-Wester in a low, vibrating voice.

    Lords of the North

    A. C. Laut

  • "Here you, waken up," commanded the Nor'-Wester, kicking him and shaking him roughly.

  • Here comes another with a sou'-wester and a bombazine cloak.

  • "That's our best bet, unless it's a nor'wester," she agreed.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • It is only very occasionally in the winter that a nor'-wester blows into it.

    Fishing in British Columbia

    Thomas Wilson Lambert

British Dictionary definitions for wester


  1. (intr) (of the sun, moon, or a star) to move or appear to move towards the west
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  1. a strong wind or storm from the west
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