- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /nɛð.ə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /nɛð.ɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛðə(ɹ)
From Middle English nether, nethere, nithere, from Old English niþera (“lower, under, lowest”, adjective), from niþer, niþor (“below, beneath, down, downwards, lower, in an inferior position”, adverb), from Proto-West Germanic [Term?], from Proto-Germanic *niþer, *niþra (“down”), from Proto-Indo-European *ni-, *nei- (“in, down”). Cognates include Dutch neder, German nieder, Luxembourgish nidder, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish ned, Faroese and Icelandic niður.
nether (comparative nethermore, superlative nethermost)
- Lower; under.
- The disappointed child’s nether lip quivered.
- Lying beneath, or conceived as lying beneath, the Earth’s surface.
- the nether regions
- 1873, Mark Twain, The Gilded Age, page 187:
- When one thinks of the tremendous forces of the upper and the nether world which play for the mastery of the soul of a woman during the few years in which she passes from plastic girlhood to the ripe maturity of womanhood,
- (lower): bottom, lower
- (beneath the Earth's surface): subsurface, subterranean
nether (comparative more nether, superlative most nether)
Alteration of earlier nither, from Middle English nitheren, from Old English niþerian (“to depress, abase, bring low, humiliate, oppress, accuse, condemn”), from niþer (“below, beneath, down, downwards, lower, in an inferior position”). See above.
nether (third-person singular simple present nethers, present participle nethering, simple past and past participle nethered)
- (transitive, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To bring or thrust down; bring or make low; lower; abase; humble.
- (transitive, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To constrict; straiten; confine; restrict; suppress; lay low; keep under; press in upon; vex; harass; oppress.
- (transitive, UK dialectal, Scotland) To pinch or stunt with cold or hunger; check in growth; shrivel; straiten.
- (transitive, UK dialectal, Scotland) To shrink or huddle, as with cold; be shivery; tremble.
- (transitive, UK dialectal, Scotland) To depreciate; disparage; undervalue.
nether (plural nethers)
- (UK dialectal, Scotland) Oppression; stress; a withering or stunting influence.
- (mining) A trouble; a fault or dislocation in a seam of coal.
From Middle English nethere, from Old English niþera.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 59
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