in a direction contrary to the usual or expected; specif., counterclockwise
Origin of widdershinsfrom 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").