[ 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.
Also wid·der·shins [wid-er-shinz] /ˈwɪd ərˌʃɪnz/.
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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
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