Where Did The Term “Under The Weather” Come From?



So much of the language we speak today comes from many sources, spanning many centuries and stretching across multiple cultures. Most of us know what it means to be “under the weather,” but where did this common expression originate? On the high seas when the wind would start to blow hard and the water became rough, crewmen and travelers would go below deck and down to their cabins in order to ride out the storm and avoid becoming seasick. In this way, they literally retreated to a location “under the weather.”