A violent gust of cold wind blowing seaward from a mountainous coast, especially in the Straits of Magellan.
A sudden gust of wind; a squall.
A sudden, violent, cold wind blowing down from mountain passes toward the coast in far northern or southern latitudes, as on the Alaskan coast and Aleutians, and in the Strait of Magellan.
A state of extreme confusion, turmoil, or agitation.
Origin of williwaw
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition