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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Definitions for oxter

  1. Scot. and North England. the armpit.

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Citations for oxter
You may have The Lives of the English Poets under your oxter, young fellow, but you don't have them in your head so go home and read. Frank McCourt, Tis: A Memoir, 1999
Then I lifted his arm and had a look at his oxter. The hairs in there weren't even white. If all you could see was his oxter you might almost have mistook him for a younger man. Jane Harris, The Observations, 2006
Origin of oxter
Oxter came to English in the 1400s and is akin to the Old English ōcusta meaning "armpit," and the Old Norse hōstr meaning "throat."