in a direction contrary to the usual or expected; specif., counterclockwise
Origin of widdershins; from Middle Low German weddersinnes ; from Middle High German widdersinnes ; from wider, against (akin to with) + sinnes, genitive of sin, way, direction
In a contrary or counterclockwise direction: “The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins” (Anthony Bailey).
Origin of widdershinsMiddle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes : wider, back (from Old High German widar; see wi- in Indo-European roots) + sinnes, in the direction of (from sin, direction, from Old High German; see sent- in Indo-European roots).
From Middle Low German weddersins, weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider- (“wither-") + genitive of sin (“direction, way").