under the weather

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1. The state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure.
a. Adverse or destructive atmospheric conditions, such as high winds or heavy rain: encountered weather five miles out to sea.
b. The unpleasant or destructive effects of such atmospheric conditions: protected the house from the weather.
3. weathers Changes of fortune: had known him in many weathers.
v. weath·ered, weath·er·ing, weath·ers
1. To expose to the action of the elements, as for drying, seasoning, or coloring.
2. To discolor, disintegrate, wear, or otherwise affect adversely by exposure.
3. To come through (something) safely; survive: weather a crisis.
4. To slope (a roof, for example) so as to shed water.
5. Nautical
a. To pass to windward of (a natural feature) despite adverse weather: weathered Cape Horn in a gale.
b. To gain an advantageous position upwind of (another vessel), as in a race or naval battle.
1. To show the effects, such as discoloration, of exposure to the elements: The walls of the barn had weathered.
2. To withstand the effects of weather: a house paint that weathers well.
1. Nautical Of or relating to the windward side of a ship; windward.
2. Relating to or used in weather forecasting: a weather plane.
Phrasal Verb:
weather in
To experience or cause to experience weather conditions that prevent movement: The squadron is weathered in because of dense fog. Such a storm will weather the fleet in.
make heavy weather of
To exaggerate the difficulty of something to be done.
under the weather
1. Somewhat indisposed; slightly ill.
2. Slang
a. Intoxicated; drunk.
b. Suffering from a hangover.

[Middle English weder, wether, from Old English weder; see wē- in Indo-European roots.]
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under the weather

Feeling slightly unwell, especially after a night of indulgence; from seasick people going below decks on a ship.
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Adj.1.under the weather - somewhat ill or prone to illnessunder the weather - somewhat ill or prone to illness; "my poor ailing grandmother"; "feeling a bit indisposed today"; "you look a little peaked"; "feeling poorly"; "a sickly child"; "is unwell and can't come to work"
ill, sick - affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"
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(ˈweθə) noun
conditions in the atmosphere, especially as regards heat or cold, wind, rain, snow etc. The weather is too hot for me; stormy weather; (also adjective) a weather chart/report, the weather forecast.
1. to affect or be affected by exposure to the air, resulting in drying, change of colour, shape etc. The wind and sea have weathered the rocks quite smooth.
2. to survive safely. The ship weathered the storm although she was badly damaged.
ˈweatherbeaten adjective
showing effects of exposure to the weather. a weatherbeaten face.
ˈweathercock, ˈweathervane nouns
a piece of metal (often in the form of a farmyard cock), placed on top of a building, which turns to show the direction of the wind.
weatherperson noun
(also weather forecaster; ~weatherman; ~weathergirl) a person who gives weather forecast on television or radio.
make heavy weather of
to find it very (often unnecessarily) difficult to do (something). She's making heavy weather of typing that letter.
under the weather
in poor health. I'm feeling under the weather this week.

weather refers to climate: fine weather .
whether is a conjunction: Do you know whether he is coming?
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