Definition of williwaw in English:



  • A sudden violent squall blowing offshore from a mountainous coast.

    • ‘Black water and williwaws are different degrees of the same phenomenon.’
    • ‘We get going early to beat the williwaws and are soon becalmed.’
    • ‘No more williwaws came and the little storm died as quickly as it had started.’
    • ‘It is the term used in the Aleutians for a cold storm, and williwaws were the conditions during this conflict.’
    • ‘There were quite a few times this month when it looked like summer was coming to an end as the winds picked up and blew williwaws across the bay.’
    tempest, squall
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Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.