- 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”), 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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