- Wether is a male sheep or goat that has been castrated.
An example of wether is a castrated male goat.
Origin of wetherMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German widder ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wet-, year from source etesian
Origin of wetherMiddle English, from Old English; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wethers, present participle wethering, simple past and past participle wethered)
- To castrate a male sheep or goat.
From Middle English wether, wethir, wedyr, from Old English weþer (“a wether, ram”), from Proto-Germanic *weþruz (“wether”), from Proto-Indo-European *wet- (“year”). Cognate with Scots weddir, woddir, wadder (“wether”), Dutch weder, weer (“wether”), German Widder (“wether, ram”), Swedish vädur (“wether, ram”), Icelandic veður (“wether, ram”), Latin vitulus (“calf”).