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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).



wether (plural wethers)

  1. A castrated buck goat.
  2. A castrated ram.
  3. Archaic spelling of weather.
    • 1527, George Joye, The storie of my state after the bishop had receyued the pryours letters[1]:
      There was a great fyer in the chamber, the wether was colde, and I saw now and then a Bishop come out;
      (cited after Samuel Roffey Maitland, 1866, p. 8)

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wether (third-person singular simple present wethers, present participle wethering, simple past and past participle wethered)

  1. (transitive) To castrate a male sheep or goat.