wuther

[ wuhth-er ]
/ ˈwʌð ər /
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verb (used without object) British Dialect.

(of wind) to blow fiercely.

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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wuthering

/ (ˈwʌðərɪŋ) /

adjective Northern English dialect

(of a wind) blowing strongly with a roaring sound
(of a place) characterized by such a sound

Word Origin for wuthering

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

wuthering


adj.

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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