Origin of wetherMiddle English from OE, akin to German widder from Indo-European base an unverified form wet-, year from source etesian
An example of wether is a castrated male goat.
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 weÃ¾er (“a wether, ram"), from Proto-Germanic *weÃ¾ruz (“wether"), from Proto-Indo-European *wet- (“year"). Cognate with Scots weddir, woddir, wadder (“wether"), Dutch weder, weer (“wether"), German Widder (“wether, ram"), Swedish vÃ¤dur (“wether, ram"), Icelandic veÃ°ur (“wether, ram"), Latin vitulus (“calf").
- This interview, and the way you handle it, will make a difference in wether or not you are offered the job.
- 77 lb per head given by Oxford-Hampshire cross-bred wether lambs, aged nine months two weeks.
- At the 1905 show, sheep of each breed, and also cross-breds, competed as (1) wether lambs under twelve months old, and (2) wether sheep above twelve and under twenty-four months old.
- The only exception was in the case of the slowly-maturing Cheviot and mountain breeds, for which the second class was for wether sheep of any age above twelve months.
- In the case of wether sheep, twelve to twenty-four months old, the highest daily increase was oï¿½ 56 lb per head as yielded by Lincolns, aged twenty-one months.