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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English unweder, from Old English unweder (bad weather; storm), from Proto-Germanic *unwedrą, equivalent to un- +‎ weather. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Uunweeder, Dutch onweer, German Low German Unweer, German Unwetter, Swedish oväder, Icelandic óveður.


unweather (plural not attested)

  1. Bad weather; storm
    • 1837, Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country - Volume 16:
      The composition of the following note did not occupy him half an hour: — Major von Wismar lets himself a thousand times be greased, and fears him the unweather shall defend for to day the premeditated walk on horseback, which Madame ― graciously vowed him for half three of the hour.
    • 1894, James Platt, Tales of the Supernatural: Six Romantic Stories:
      The strangers would then have been only too gladly drenched to the skin that they might have hugged their wagered souls in the belief that this unweather was of Nature, and not of the Evil One. But the Heavens shed no tear.
    • 2003, Alpinist - Issues 5-8:
      Waiting for the weather, or the unweather. Well, we got here: gotta climb something now.

Etymology 2Edit

Probably a back-formation from unweathered.


unweather (third-person singular simple present unweathers, present participle unweathering, simple past and past participle unweathered)

  1. (transitive) To undo or reverse the effects of weathering
    • 1986, Railroad Model Craftsman - Volume 55:
      I sprayed the underbody with Floquil's Grimy black and also gave the sides, ends and roof a light coat of this color. This was followed by Floquil's Zinc Chromate primer mixed with about 20 percent glaze to “unweather” the car and provide a base color suitable for decal application.
    • 1994, World Order - Volumes 26-28:
      An unbendable form dries worthless, brittle, only fire unweathers cochineal mud.
    • 2015, Julia Leyda, ‎Diane Negra, Extreme Weather and Global Media:
      Occupy Sandy and other grassroots organizations work to “unweather” Sandy, to move it away from a weather-based event and toward an incident that exacerbated and made preexisting crises more apparent.