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[weth -er-man] /ˈwɛð ərˌmæn/
noun, plural weathermen.
a person who forecasts and reports the weather; meteorologist.
a weathercaster.
Origin of weatherman
1535-45; weather + man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for weatherman
  • Aside from the daily weatherman, farmers and travel agents are among many who rely on climate normals.
  • Oh, that's the weatherman that's always talking about seasons.
  • Problem is that when the weatherman consistently predicts rain and doesn't get it, he gets laughed out of the business.
  • It's appropriate, somehow, that anyone calling himself a skiing weatherman might also ski.
  • One weatherman swears live on camera as lightning flashes.
  • Apparently it does take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
British Dictionary definitions for weatherman


noun (pl) -men
a person who forecasts the weather, esp one who works in a meteorological office


noun (pl) -men
(US) a member of a militant revolutionary group active in the US during the 1970s
Word Origin
C20: name adopted from a line in Bob Dylan's song ``Subterranean Homesick Blues'': "You don't need a weatherman To know which way the wind blows."
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Word Origin and History for weatherman

"one who observes the weather," 1901, from weather (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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