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verb (used without object) British Dialect.
  1. (of wind) to blow fiercely.
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Origin of wuther

1846; variant of dial. and Scots whither, Middle English (Scots) quhediren; compare Old Norse hvitha squall of wind
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  • Here ended Branwell's share in producing 'Wuthering Heights.'

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson

  • The story of 'Wuthering Heights,' is the story of Heathcliff.

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson

  • We recognise Charlotte's sister; but not the author of 'Wuthering Heights.'

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson

  • So much share in 'Wuthering Heights' Branwell certainly had.

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson

  • We read and reread Wuthering Heights because it is like no other book in the world.

    Why we should read

    S. P. B. Mais

British Dictionary definitions for wuthering


adjective Northern English dialect
  1. (of a wind) blowing strongly with a roaring sound
  2. (of a place) characterized by such a sound
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Word Origin

variant of whitherin, from whither blow, from Old Norse hvithra; related to hvitha squall of wind, Old English hweothu wind
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Word Origin and History for wuthering


Northern England dialectal variant of Scottish and dialectal whithering "rushing, whizzing, blustering," from a verb whither (late 14c.) which was used in reference to gusts of wind and coughing fits, from Old Norse *hviðra (cf. Norwegian kvidra "to go quickly to and fro," related to Old English hwiþa "air, breeze").

Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling. 'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed, in stormy weather. [Emily Brontë, "Wuthering Heights," 1847]
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