- 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.
Origin of withershins
Examples from the Web for widdershins
Historical Examples of widdershins
- mainly Scot a variant spelling of withershins
- 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
1510s, chiefly Scottish, originally "contrary to the course of the sun or a clock" (movement in this direction considered unlucky), probably from Middle Low German weddersinnes, literally "against the way" (i.e. "in the opposite direction"), from widersinnen "to go against," from wider "against" (see with) + sinnen "to travel, go," from Old High German sinnen, related to sind "journey" (see send).