Definition of williwaw
1 a : a sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes b : a sudden violent wind
2 : a violent commotion
Examples of williwaw in a sentence
<the surprise verdict of the jury created a wild williwaw as reporters rushed to file their stories>
<a williwaw rose up seemingly out of nowhere and wreaked havoc with our campsite>
Did You Know?
In 1900, Captain Joshua Slocum described williwaws as compressed gales of wind . . . that Boreas handed down over the hills in chunks. To unsuspecting sailors or pilots, such winds might seem to come out of nowhere - just like word williwaw did some 150 years ago. All anyone knows about the origin of the word is that it was first used by writers in the mid-1800s to name fierce winds in the Strait of Magellan at the southern tip of South America. The writers were British, and indications are that they may have learned the word from British sailors and seal hunters. Where they got the word, we cannot say.
Origin and Etymology of williwaw
First Known Use: circa 1842
Rhymes with williwaw
Arkansas, blue-sky law, canon law, Chickasaw, civil law, clapperclaw, common-law, crosscut saw, decree-law, devil's claw, foofaraw, higher law, homestead law, in the raw, keyhole saw, Kiowa, lantern jaw, lemon law, lumpy jaw, Mackinac, mackinaw, Morgenthau, Murphy's Law, overawe, overdraw, panama, private law, public law, roman law, saber saw, Saginaw, Salic law, son-in-law, tragic flaw, usquebaugh, Wichita, windlestraw, Yakima
Learn More about williwaw
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for williwaw
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up williwaw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).