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[ok-ster] /ˈɒk stər/
noun, Scot. and North England
the armpit.
Origin of oxter
1490-1500; akin to Old English ōcusta armpit, Old Norse (h)ōstr throat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I'll look for ye comin' up the street next week wi' the charts under your oxter and your lad wi' ye.'

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • To those who know not the pipes, the feel of the bag in the oxter is a gaiety lost.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • Then Paruig pushed the bag further into his oxter, and the tune changed.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • And as she said this, she held up her oxter, as if to tak me below't.

  • He twirls in reversed directions a clouded cane, then wedges it tight in his oxter.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • With the bell carefully tucked under his oxter he gave forth his news in a rasping voice that broke now and again into a squeal.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • With a Bible under his oxter, and a 'bowet' new lit in his right hand, he accompanied me swiftly up the street.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • "There was many a good man went to the penny-a-week school with a sod of turf under his oxter," said Mr. Kernan sententiously.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • The "oxter" is crooked because the arm is engaged carrying them.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • So Tammy and I had to oxter her out between us, and deliver the howdie herself—safe in at her own door.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
British Dictionary definitions for oxter


(Scot & Irish, Northern English, dialect) the armpit
Word Origin
C16: from Old English oxta; related to Old High German Ahsala, Latin axilla
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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