Not to be Confused WithThe Best of Bill withers: Lean on Me.
I shall be at home to nobody, withers, this afternoon, even if the Prince of Wales came and sat on my doorstep again.
Their height, at the withers, was about ten hands and a half.
If you pluck it it withers before you can get it home to put in water and its jewels shrivel to nothing on the way.
The crest (T) is the upper part of the neck, extending from the withers to the ears.
But seeing Mr. withers coming towards him, as if to speak, he turned back to meet him.
Set them side by side in moist earth and notice which withers.
Her neck rose from the withers to the head in perfect curvature, hard, devoid of fat, and well cut up under the chops.
It should be drawn back only far enough to hold the saddle from the withers.
withers took up the task of getting supper where Joe had been made to leave it.
1570s, probably from a dialectal survival of Old English wiðer "against, contrary, opposite" (see with) + plural suffix. Possibly so called because the withers are the parts of the animal that oppose the load. Cf. German Widerrist "withers," from wider "against" + Rist "wrist."
1530s, alteration of Middle English wydderen "dry up, shrivel" (c.1300), apparently a differentiated and special use of wederen "to expose to weather" (see weather). Cf. German verwittern "to become weather-beaten," from Witter "weather."