Word Origin & History
N. England dial. variant of Scottish and dial. whithering "rushing, whizzing, blustering," from a verb whither (late 14c.), used in ref. to gusts of wind and coughing fits, from O.N. *hviðra (cf. Norw. kvidra "to go quickly to and fro," related to O.E. hwiþa "air, breeze."
"Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling. 'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed, in stormy weather." [Emily Brontë, "Wuthering Heights," 1847]