Meaning of williwaw in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪlɪwɔː/


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

    ‘It is the term used in the Aleutians for a cold storm, and williwaws were the conditions during this conflict.’
    • ‘We get going early to beat the williwaws and are soon becalmed.’
    • ‘Black water and williwaws are different degrees of the same phenomenon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No more williwaws came and the little storm died as quickly as it had started.’
    tempest, squall


Mid 19th century of unknown origin.