wuther

[wuhth-er]

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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Contemporary Examples of wuthering

  • Virginia Woolf loved Wuthering Heights and considered Emily Brontë superior to her sister Charlotte.

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    The Birth of the Novel

    Nick Romeo

    November 27, 2014

  • Little sister Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights was not as instantly beloved.

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    Battle of the Brontes

    Jennie Yabroff

    March 14, 2011

  • Critics rediscovered Wuthering Heights, praising its complicated, nonlinear structure.

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    Battle of the Brontes

    Jennie Yabroff

    March 14, 2011

  • He hated Merle Oberon when he worked with her in Wuthering Heights.

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    Carrie Fisher's Crowning Moment

    Kevin Sessums

    October 25, 2009

Historical Examples of wuthering

  • 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.

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    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson

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

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    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.

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    S. P. B. Mais


British Dictionary definitions for wuthering

wuthering

adjective Northern English dialect
  1. (of a wind) blowing strongly with a roaring sound
  2. (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
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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