Origin of withersfrom Middle English wither, resistance (prob. in sense “that which the horse opposes to his load”) from Old English withre, resistance from wither, against: see with
Origin of withersPossibly from obsolete wither- against (from the strain exerted on them when a horse draws a load) from Middle English from Old English; see wi- in Indo-European roots.
Although this noun refers to one object, there is no corresponding singular form *wither for this word, the singular form being obsolete.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of wither
1580, from Old English dialectical wiÃ°er (“against") +"Ž -s; see with. So-named because the part of the horse that pushes against a load. Compare German Widerrist (“withers"), from wider (“against") + Rist (“wrist").
- A surname.