Widdershins Definition

In a direction contrary to the usual or expected; specif., counterclockwise.
Webster's New World

Origin of Widdershins

  • Middle Low German weddersinnes from Middle High German widersinnes wider back (from Old High German widar wi- in Indo-European roots) sinnes in the direction of (from sin direction) (from Old High German sent- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle Low German weddersins, weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider- (“wither-") + genitive of sin (“direction, way").

    From Wiktionary

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