[ neth-er ]
/ ˈnɛð ər /


lying or believed to lie beneath the earth's surface; infernal: the nether regions.
lower or under: his nether lip.

Origin of nether

before 900; Middle English nethere, Old English neothera, nithera, derivative of nither down (cognate with German nieder), literally, further down, equivalent to ni- down + -ther comparative suffix

Related forms

neth·er·ward, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nether


/ (ˈnɛðə) /


placed or situated below, beneath, or undergroundnether regions; a nether lip

Word Origin for nether

Old English niothera, nithera, literally: further down, from nither down. Related to Old Irish nitaram, German nieder
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