noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of withers
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wither
Synonyms for wither
Related Words for withersdry, perish, wane, wilt, disintegrate, decay, deflate, fade, atrophy, languish, shrivel, shrink, deteriorate, waste, collapse, die, contract, fold, desiccate, constrict
Examples from the Web for withers
Contemporary Examples of withers
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Historical Examples of withers
The story, often copied from Withers, that Neely was killed by a wolf, is erroneous.
The story of his final rescue by Logan, is related by Withers below.
Don't imagine that my withers are wrung by what you say, for I agree with almost every word of it.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
And Tresler felt himself sliding, saddle and all, over her withers!The Night Riders
"You are very good, madam," said Mr. Wilding, and he bowed to the withers of his roan.Mistress Wilding
Word Origin for withers
Word Origin for wither
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."