[ with -er-shinz ]
/ ˈwɪð ərˌʃɪnz /
adverb Chiefly Scot.
in a direction contrary to the natural one, especially contrary to the apparent course of the sun or counterclockwise: considered as unlucky or causing disaster.
HEED THE VOX POPULI, AND TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
Test your memory on these verbal firecrackers from the week of June 29 to July 5!
Question 1 of 7
Also wid·der·shins [wid-er-shinz] /ˈwɪd ərˌʃɪnz/.
Words nearby withershins
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Example sentences from the Web for widdershins
British Dictionary definitions for widdershins (1 of 2)
/ (ˈwɪdəˌʃɪnz, Scottish ˈwɪdər-) /
mainly Scot a variant spelling of withershins
British Dictionary definitions for widdershins (2 of 2)
/ (ˈwɪðəˌʃɪnz, Scottish ˈwɪðər-) /
adverb mainly Scot
in the direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun; anticlockwise
in a direction contrary to the usual; in the wrong directionCompare deasil
Word Origin for withershins
C16: from Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German, literally: opposite course, from wider against + sinnes, genitive of sin course
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012