See also: netherregion
- (often pluralized) Hell; a realm beneath the surface of the earth conceived as the abode of the souls of the dead and, sometimes, as the abode of demons or evil spirits.
1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, ch. 23:
- At this instant old Roger Chillingworth thrust himself through the crowd—or, perhaps, so dark, disturbed, and evil was his look, he rose up out of some nether region.
1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Firm of Girdlestone, ch. 25:
- None of them were sorry when Faust was duly consigned to the nether regions.
1921, William MacLeod Raine, Gunsight Pass, ch. 1:
- The other, dwarfed and prehensile, might in its uncanny silhouette have been an imp of darkness from the nether regions.
- (often pluralized, by extension) A place which is subterranean or enclosed beneath a surface, especially one which is dark, dank, or otherwise inhospitable.
1918, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Foe-Farrell, ch. 12:
- But the steward of those nether regions marked him, by the electric lamps, as a lurking passenger to be watched; and wondered who, at that depth in the ship, could be carrying valuables.
- (often pluralized, euphemistic, sometimes humorous) The groin or buttocks.
2006 November 29, Sheila Marikar, “Britney Keeps Flashing, Cameras Keep Clicking”, in ABC News:
- The rash of celebrities flashing their nether regions worries Peter Post, director of the Emily Post Institute of etiquette and manners.