- wedder (dialectal)
From Middle English wether, wethir, wedyr, from Old English weþer (“a wether, ram”), from Proto-Germanic *weþruz (“wether”), from Proto-Indo-European *wet- (“year”). Cognate with Scots weddir, woddir, wadder (“wether”), Dutch weder, weer (“wether”), German Widder (“wether, ram”), Norwegian Bokmål vær (“ram”), Norwegian Nynorsk vêr (“ram”), Swedish vädur (“wether, ram”), Icelandic veður (“wether, ram”), Latin vitulus (“calf”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɛðɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɛðə/
- Rhymes: -ɛðə(ɹ)
- Homophones: weather, whether (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
wether (plural wethers)
- A castrated buck goat.
- A castrated ram.
- Archaic spelling of weather.
1527, George Joye, The storie of my state after the bishop had receyued the pryours letters:(cited after Samuel Roffey Maitland, 1866, p. 8)
- There was a great fyer in the chamber, the wether was colde, and I saw now and then a Bishop come out;
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