Withershins Definition

Webster's New World

Anti-clockwise, in the contrary direction, especially to the left or opposite to the direction of the sun.


Origin of Withershins

  • From wither- +"Ž shins, sins, alteration of withersuns (“contrary to the sun's course", literally “against the sun's"), modelled after Middle Low German, weddersins, weddersinnes (“in the opposite direction"), from Middle High German widdersinnes (“in the opposite direction", literally “contrary to reason"), from wider (“opposite") + sinnes (genitive of sin (“course")). Compare also Old English wiþersÄ«enes (“backwards, withershins"), Icelandic viðer (“against"), Danish and Swedish veder. More at wither, sense.

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